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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?

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