Calley: Part-Time Legislature Ballot Drive Destined For Court Fight

Jun 21, 2017

The ballot campaign to adopt a part-time Legislature amendment in Michigan decided to skip getting its petition approved by a state elections board.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is leading the drive to limit legislative sessions to 90 consecutive days. That would have to be approved by voters. Getting a petition form pre-approved is a voluntary step that’s supposed to avoid legal hassles later on. But Calley says he doesn’t think a court battle can be avoided.

“Ultimately, this entire system will go to any lengths to protect itself and how it works today," said Calley. Calley is trying to get the question the 2018 ballot. He’s also expected to run for governor next year.

Critics say his proposal doesn’t clearly identify all the different ways it would change the state constitution.