State Representatives Martin Howrylak (R-Troy), Bill LaVoy (D-Monroe) and Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) today announced that they have introduced House Join Resolution Y, a joint resolution proposing to amend Michigan’s Constitution to establish a non-partisan unicameral legislature.
“The Legislature has had many good opportunities to pass a comprehensive package of transportation bills,” said Howrylak. “Unfortunately, partisan posturing destroyed past realistic and workable possibilities. With a non-partisan, unicameral legislature, Michigan’s hardworking taxpayers would have seen the fruits of good legislative process with much-needed road improvements.
“Michigan’s residents deserve a legislature that is representative of and to the people. Too much good policy runs into the headwind of elections, with each party trying to position itself superior to that of the other party. Good policy knows no party labels and there is no reason that elections should stand in the way of legislation that benefits Michigan’s taxpayers.”
Added Representative LaVoy, “I am happy to support legislation that reduces the size of state government, saves taxpayer money and encourages bipartisanship by taking the politics out of the process.”
Representative McBroom, Chair of the House Oversight Committee, stated that he was interested in vetting the proposal along with term-limit reforms that he, himself, is proposing. “I am particularly intrigued by the non-partisan mandate. We should give ideas like this and term-limit reform serious consideration.”
Nebraska is currently the only state in the union to have a non-partisan, unicameral legislature.
“This system of government provides for real savings in the state’s budget and eliminates obstacles to the process by which common sense consensus may be reached on sound policy,” said Rep. Howrylak.
Under this system, legislators would serve four terms, with a 16 year limit. The starting dates of legislators would be staggered.
The resolution, introduced by Rep. Howrylak with three Republican and three Democrat co-sponsors, now moves to the House Committee on Government Operations for further consideration.