Bill seeks to make state Legislature part-time

Jan 21, 2013

Michigan’s legislature would only serve part-time under a measure in the state Senate.

Starting in 2015, lawmakers would only meet in regular session up to 90 days a year. They could have special sessions to address emergencies.

Republican state Senator John Proos is sponsoring the legislation. He said it would force state lawmakers to work more efficiently.

“Ultimately it saves taxpayers money and decreases the overall size of government. I think that those are good, laudable efforts as we try to reform state government,” Proos said.

Governor Rick Snyder says now is not the right time to make the state Legislature part-time. He says lawmakers are very busy as it is. 

Michigan voters would have to approve the measure because it would change the state’s constitution.