Discussion on State Senate

By: Sr. Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick
By: Sr. Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick

A petition drive is due in October to let voters decide if they want a unicameral or one house legislature. If approved the state senate would be abolished leaving only the Michigan House to consider legislation.

Lansing democrat Rep. Dianne Byrum says the suggestion is probably too radical and the chair of the state Republican Party says the two house system is better because it slows down debate on legislation thus giving citizens "a better chance to make sure what does pass is useful."

However, a fledgling grassroots group out of Hastings says $50 million can be saved each year if the duplication in the system is eliminated. Joe Lukasiewicz says the group has $100 in its coffers but hopes to launch its petition drive this fall.


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