Join The Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-Time Legislature in Traverse City on March 1, 2014.
Streeters Center, Garfield Ave Traverse City, MI <– Click for map and/or directions
March 1st 1PM – 3PM
The Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-Time Legislature Chairman; Norm Kammeraad, Chief Operating Officer; Randy Bishop, and Board Member/Adviser; Dave Agema will speak on the the effort to put this issue on Michigan’s Nov. 2014 general election state-wide ballot. Other elected representatives and candidates for public office will be on hand as well.
A little history:
In 1963, under pressure from newly elected governor George Romney, the Michigan constitution was altered to create the overly busy full time legislature we have today. Currently Only four (4) States, California, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania still have Full-Time Legislatures.
Fun fact: Texas, with a population more than two and a half times that of Michigan has a part time legislature that meets for about 5 months every other year!
Petitions WILL be available for signing at the event!
I don't know about a part-time legislature as long as we have a full-time governor and full-time state bureaucracy.
I have mixed views. One concern I have with part time legislature is that it can skews towards retirees, homemakers, and the MEA.
While there's diverse opinions and backgrounds with homemakers and retirees, the MEA has enough power as it is.
Kevin did a good post on this at the old site.
It's no longer available, so I can't link to it.
I'd like to read the current language.
Aside from some issues with budgeting, I think that for the most part, it is an excellent idea to keep their attention focused on more pressing matters.
Resolutions recognizing local residents, renaming roads and other superfluous material may look good on the stuff they mail to voters once every other month, but it takes away from doing the real work they were sent to Lansing to do.
KG, try rightmi.com/old/ then go to tags .
Its not perfect, but most everything is there.
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Its been a great roll out so far. The Saturday event went well. Worthy of support. Use the News tips link above if you would like to get some petitions