part-time Legislature http://michiganradio.org en Remember that plan for a part-time legislature for Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/remember-plan-part-time-legislature-michigan <p>Yeah, it's dead, and petition organizers partly blame what we are still talking about in Michigan: the freezing cold winter.</p><p>More from Jonathan Oosting&nbsp;from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2014/06/michigan_petition_drive_for_pa.html">MLive</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Chairman Norm Kammeraad said an unusually cold winter made it difficult for the group to collect 322,609 (signatures) by July 7 in order to put a constitutional amendment on the fall ballot.</p><p>"Every time we hit the field with these things, we were overwhelmed by people who wanted to sign them," Kammeraad said Tuesday evening. "It was just phenomenal. Problem is, we couldn't get organized enough because of the weather."</p></blockquote><p>Kammeraad<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the chair of the Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-time Legislature, also blamed "elite Republicans" for coming up short.</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:04:47 +0000 Mark Brush & Kate Wells 17979 at http://michiganradio.org Remember that plan for a part-time legislature for Michigan? Groups ramp up efforts to put part-time Legislature on ballot http://michiganradio.org/post/groups-ramp-efforts-put-part-time-legislature-ballot <p>A group behind a petition drive to return Michigan to a part-time Legislature is ramping up its efforts.</p><p>Most states have a part-time legislature. Michigan used to, but the 1963 state constitution changed that.</p><p>Norm Kammeraad thinks lawmakers now have to please lobbyists and rich people to keep their full-time jobs.</p><p>“We’re at a point where, unless you’ve got a lot of money or financial clout – which that’s probably only about 2% or 3% of Michiganders –&nbsp;you’re not being represented,” Kammeraad said.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 15:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17632 at http://michiganradio.org Groups ramp up efforts to put part-time Legislature on ballot The week in review: GM investment, state benefits, part-time legislature http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-gm-investment-state-benefits-part-time-legislature <p>This <em>Week in Review, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Rina Miller discuss General Motor's<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-invest-127-billion-plants-michigan-ohio-and-indiana"> investments</a> in the state, the fate of<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/commission-delays-decision-state-employee-benefits"> state employee benefits</a>, and the part-time legislature debate.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 15780 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review: GM investment, state benefits, part-time legislature One group believes switching to a part-time Legislature will be good for Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/one-group-believes-switching-part-time-legislature-will-be-good-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should Michigan revert to the kind of legislature originally called for when Michigan voters drafted the first constitution in 1835?&nbsp; A part-time legislature?&nbsp;</span></p><p>Norm Kammeraad&nbsp;says absoluetly, yes.</p><p>He is the Chairman of <a href="http://www.parttimemi.com/">The&nbsp;Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-Time Legislature</a>. They’re hoping to gather nearly 400,000 voter signatures between January and June in order to put the question on the November 2014 ballot.</p><p>Yesterday, we spoke with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan columnist Dennis Lennox. He is against a part-time Michigan Legislature.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You can find that interview </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-strategist-says-switching-part-time-legislature-would-not-be-good-michigan" style="line-height: 1.5;">here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:54:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 15752 at http://michiganradio.org One group believes switching to a part-time Legislature will be good for Michigan Republican strategist says switching to a part-time Legislature would not be good for Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/republican-strategist-says-switching-part-time-legislature-would-not-be-good-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting next month, the Committee to Restore Michigan's Part-Time Legislature says they will be looking for your signatures. They've got six months to gather 400,000 voter signatures to get a big question on the November 2014 ballot: Should we amend Michigan's Constitution to switch our state to a part-time Legislature?</span></p><p>We'll be looking at both sides of this idea. Today we welcome a Republican strategist who believes this proposal is not in the best interest of Michigan.</p><p>Dennis Lennox is a columnist for The Morning Sun and a public affairs consultant.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:07:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 15737 at http://michiganradio.org Republican strategist says switching to a part-time Legislature would not be good for Michigan Part-time Michigan Legislature could mean more power for bureaucrats and lobbyists http://michiganradio.org/post/part-time-michigan-legislature-could-mean-more-power-bureaucrats-and-lobbyists <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You might be asked to sign a petition next year to cut Michigan legislators’ pay and make their job part-time. The state constitution will have to be amended to accomplish that.</span></p><p>There could be some unintended consequences in doing that.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:46:18 +0000 Lester Graham 15671 at http://michiganradio.org Part-time Michigan Legislature could mean more power for bureaucrats and lobbyists