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What If Michigan Had A Part-Time Legislature?

Aug 22, 2017

By now, you've probably heard about the campaign led by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley petitioning for a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot, allowing you vote for or against a part-time legislature.

The petition form has not been pre-approved by the state elections board, a step that is voluntary, but intended to help avoid legal challenges in the future. Calley said he does not wish to withdraw the petition to give the board time to review it.

If the petition fails, obviously nothing changes. If the petition were to pass, pending any challenges in the court system, Michigan could join the other 46 states in America without full-time legislators.

What does that mean for you if you live in the Wolverine State?

You'll start hearing terms like "crossover day", "sine die", and "special session".

Currently, Michigan session has a two-year legislative cycle. In other states, where session is predetermined by law to end on a certain day on the month every year, legislators have deadlines to send laws between their two houses for debate before declaring the session sine die.

The end result can depend on many factors – the group of legislators, the business of the day, and special circumstances needing special considerations, i.e. weather events.

Stay tuned to see how this one plays out!

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