ITS TIME TO ABOLISH THE MICHIGAN SENATE
Goal: To create a unicameral -- single-chamber--legislature for the State of Michigan.
How: By eliminating the 38-member state senate through a statewide vote.
When: A total of 317,000 valid signatures must be collected by petition during a 180-day period for the proposal to appear on the November, 2006 ballot. The petition drive is expected to begin February 1, 2006. The petition deadline is July 4, 2006.
History: Nebraska is the only state with a unicameral legislature. The single-chamber body went into session in 1937, three years after being approved by Nebraska voters.
I'm undecided on this. I see some positives and some negatives to this.
1. Less conference committees.
2. Reduces government.
3. Prevents duplication as the state senate and house districts are both population based.
4. Makes it easier to repeal bad laws.
1. Sometimes gridlock is good, and I think there are too many laws out there. A bicamerial state legislature reduces the number of laws passed, including the bad ones.
2. Eliminating the senate makes it easier for tax/fee increases to pass.
3. Eliminates an extra check and balance on the government.