In Michigan "The Committee to Restore a Part-Time Legislature" wants to do just that. If organizers are able to get enough signatures the issue will be on the ballot this fall. They have until July 7 to get about 323,000 valid ones. Next the "State Board of Canvassers" will look the group's petition language over. If the ballot initiative is approved state lawmakers pay would be cut in half to around $35,000 and they would work 60 days a year. Supporters of the effort say that's plenty of time to get done what needs to get done in the State House and State Senate. In addition to Michigan three other states have full time legislatures: Pennsylvania, New York and California.

Michigan State Capitol - Photo by Gary Austin