Tim Skubick: Few sessions remain on Mich. lawmakers' calendar - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Tim Skubick: Few sessions remain on Mich. lawmakers' calendar

Posted: Updated:
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

It's not likely to happen, but if somebody out there had the money to put it on the ballot, Michigan voters would likely approve a part-time legislature faster than you can say, "I'm back home working in the district."

That is the explanation lawmakers give to explain what they are doing when they are not in the state capitol doing what they do here, which since their return last September ain't been a whole heck of a lot.

Check this out.

11 session days in September.

15 session days in October.

6 on the calendar for November as a lot of time is consumed by the annual hiatus to kill deer and then eat turkey. So much for November.

Then comes December with 9 session days planned but in the state senate three of those days late in the month are listed as "tentative."

Or put another way, there are 61 days left in the year and state lawmakers are in town for 18 days or about 30% of the time, but remember the rest of the time, "I'm back home working in the district."

The fall session has been nothing to write home about.  To be sure they could not compete with the shenanigans in the parallel universe know as Washington D.C. which sucked all the media attention out of everything in Lansing.

Sure they finished the Common Core for the schools but the rest of the stuff has been what they call in the legislative vernacular, 'cats and dogs."

For example, they are debating chucking the color-coded grading of schools in favor of listing them on the A to F scale.  Stop the presses for that.

They are trying to eliminate one of the judges in Ingham County.  Whoop-te-do.

They might debate making scalping legal.

They may even get around to discussing the state candy as the fudge lobby is very strong.

To be fair there is still plenty of time to do no-fault car insurance, pass money to  start the expansion of Medicaid and for the segment of the legislature that believes in Santy Claus, there might be a vote on transportation funding.  Remember the governor wants to see something under his tree by the end of December. Can anybody spare a dime?

So the jury is out before writing the definitive piece on what they did this fall session, but based on what they've done to date, it's not looking very impressive.  

Maybe what they accomplished back home in the district is?

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Emails show Walker recall election campaign push

    Emails show Walker recall election campaign push

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-08-23 01:25:07 GMT
    Newly released court documents include emails showing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign team told him to instruct donors to give to a key conservative group which would run ads for...
    Newly released court documents include emails showing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign team told him to instruct donors to give to a key conservative group which would run ads for Walker and...
  • Perry in New Hampshire: No decision on 2016

    Perry in New Hampshire: No decision on 2016

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:14:59 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is testing his presidential prospects in New Hampshire while carrying the scars of old political stumbles and a recent indictment.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday in a visit to a key early voting state that he was unprepared for and humbled by his first run for president in 2012 and will work harder if there's a next time around.
  • Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

    Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:56:10 GMT
    A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. government "strongly condemns" the unilateral movement of a Russian convoy into Ukraine.
    The Obama administration on Friday denounced the movement of a Russian convoy into Ukraine, citing it as the latest provocation by Moscow along the highly volatile eastern border of the former Soviet republic.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices