Part-time Legislature

The Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-time Legislature is a Michigan Not-for-Profit Corporation formed in 2013. The sole purpose of this Corporation is the adoption of an amendment to Michigan’s constitution to restore the citizen-driven, part-time legislature that Michigan once enjoyed.

  • Michigan is one of only four states in the country to have a full time legislature: California, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
  • Only California passed more bills last year than Michigan.
  • Michigan passed over 600 bills in 2013 – second only to California!
  • Michigan originally had a part-time legislature.
  • Pay to legislators would be reduced from $100,000 to $35,000.
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Michigan adopted a full-time Legislature 50 years ago. It was a political response to the economic and social problems facing our State back then (riots, strikes, soaring crime rates, growing unemployment, stagnant wages, and so on). That response was based on the assumption that a bigger and a more “involved” government could and would fix our problems. But it didn’t work out. It aggravated our problems. Look at what has happened to Detroit, Flint, and other communities. Look at our schools. Count the number of jobs and businesses that have left our State. And, making matters worse, a full time Legislature has actually diluted broad citizen involvement in framing and implementing responses to the challenges facing our State. It is time to end that failed experiment. It is time to restore Michigan’s citizen-driven, part-time Legislature.

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