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Part-Time Legislature for California?

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, February 13, 2012

For all the time lawmakers spend in Sacramento, Assemblywoman Shannon Grove says they don't get much done.

Grove: "We legislate rocks.  We legislate shark fins.  Unionizing babysitters.  It's disastrous.  And it's nothing to improve the economic situation or give people an opportunity to be employed.  And I think people are done with it."

So she's proposing a constitutional amendment that would create a part-time legislature meeting 90 days a year and a two-year budget cycle.  But although the idea may sound good, says Senate President Darrell Steinberg:

Steinberg: "I think it would be a huge mistake.  And I think despite people's love of kind of taking a shot at us, which is fine - it's all part of it - that people kind of get that."

Steinberg says a part-time legislature would decrease lawmakers' experience - and, therefore, increase the influence of special interests.

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