MI House Resolution Would Drastically Change State Legislature
A bipartisan House Joint Resolution introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives Wednesday would radically overhaul how Michigan’s Legislature works.
House Joint Resolution GG, introduced by Republican Martin Howrylak of Troy and co-sponsored by two Republicans and three Democrats, would change Michigan’s Constitution to completely do away with our current two-chamber legislature, and replace it with a unicameral legislature.
A unicameral legislature only has one chamber, and in this case would contain 110 members who would be elected in a non-partisan manner, where party affiliation could not be placed on the ballot. Legislators would serve 2-year terms, and could be elected up to 7 times, meaning each member could serve a maximum of 14 years.
District boundaries would be based on population.These changes would make Michigan’s legislature similar to Nebraska’s, which is also unicameral and non-partisan.
The Joint Resolution was referred to the committee on Government Operations. If the resolution were to pass, those elected to the House or Senate between 2018 and 2022 would have their terms end at midnight December 31, 2022, and the House and Senate would be abolished. Afterwards, the unicameral legislature would go into effect January 1, 2023.
The new legislators would all be elected during the 2022 general election.