Voters Favor Making State Legislature Part-Time

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- More than half of Michigan voters favor making the state Legislature part-time, an idea that has been under discussion among lawmakers, according to poll results published Saturday.
The poll of 600 Michigan voters, conducted Sunday through Wednesday for The Detroit News and WXYZ-TV, found 51 percent favor the idea, 33 percent said they oppose the idea and 16 percent didn't know.
The poll also asked about whether term limits should be eliminated. Fifty percent supported the idea, 43 percent said they oppose the idea and 7 percent didn't know.
The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points for the poll, conducted by EPIC/MRA of Lansing.
Michigan, like many of the country's largest states, is one of 11 states with a full-time legislature. State lawmakers may consider making their jobs part-time if voters do away with limits on how long they can serve.
The trade-off picked up more support earlier this month when Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm endorsed it. A Republican-led Senate committee also held a formal discussion on making the Michigan Legislature part-time.

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