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Committee pushing for signatures to make Michigan Legislature part-time

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Organizers of a ballot drive want voters to decide if Michigan should have a part-time legislature.

And they're making a push for signatures to get it on the 2018 ballot.

Clean MI Government is sending petitions in the mail, and running ads on radio and social media.

"We want to make sure that as many people who might be interested get the opportunity to get these petitions and get them signed," said Tom McMillin, who's heading the initiative.

McMillin says lawmakers shouldn't be getting paid full-time for what is essentially part-time work.

"I think that it’s important for them to do their job," he said. "Get the budget done, get a few bills done policy wise, and then get out of there."

McMillin also says having a full-time legislature leads to a lot of bad legislation because lawmakers often have "too much time on their hands."

The amendment would require lawmakers to hold their session from January through April 15. It would also slash their pay to reflect the reduced number of days they would be working.

McMillin says the committee needs a little over 180,000 signatures by the end of January.

Paulette is a digital media reporter and producer for Michigan Public. She started as a newsroom intern at the station in 2014 and has taken on various roles in that time, including filling in as an on-air host.
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