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Clean State Legislatures. Tyler Arnot Jordan Bell Kristina Connolly Andrea Tacconi. Michigan State Legislature. Professional Legislature Size of State Legislative Staff of Michigan, 2003: Permanent Staff: 1,153 Session-Only Staff: 0 Total Staff: 1,153

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Clean state legislatures

Clean State Legislatures

Tyler Arnot

Jordan Bell

Kristina Connolly

Andrea Tacconi


Michigan state legislature

Michigan State Legislature

Professional Legislature

Size of State Legislative Staff of Michigan, 2003:

Permanent Staff: 1,153

Session-Only Staff: 0

Total Staff: 1,153

Legislative regular sessions convenes on January 11 and meets throughout the year.

Legislator compensation, 2005: $79,650 a year

$12,000 yearly expense allowance for session and interim (voucher) set by compensation commission.

Incumbent reelection rates, 1994:

Senate:

Running: 27

Reelected: 26

Percentage: 96%

House:

Running: 93

Reelected: 91

Percentage: 98%


Michigan state legislature1

Michigan State Legislature

Total state turnover, 1994-1996:

Total members: 148

Total turnover: 23

% Total turnover: 16%

Time demands of legislative work:

80-100% time

% of women legislators: 20.3%

% of African American legislators: 14%

Term limit:

House: 6 years

Senate: 8 years


Iowa state legislature

Iowa State Legislature

Hybrid Legislature

Size of state legislative staff, 2003:

Permanent staff: 172

Session-only staff: 198

Total staff: 370

Legislative regular sessions lasts roughly 4 to 5 months.

2002- January 14-April 12, 89 days

Legislator compensation, 2005: $21,380.54 a year

$86/day ($65/day for Polk County)

Incumbent reelection rates, 1994:

Senate:

Running: 15

Reelected: 15

Percentage: 100%

House:

Running: 74

Reelected: 71

Percentage: 96%


Iowa state legislature1

Iowa State Legislature

Total state turnover, 1994-1996:

Total members: 150

Total turnover: 35

% Total turnover: 23%

Time demands of legislative work:

60-70% time

% of women legislators: 20%

% of African American legislators: 2%

No term limits


Minnesota state legislature

Minnesota State Legislature

Hybrid Legislature – No Term Limits

70 – 80% of the Time Spent Working as a Legislature

1979: 641 Members – 66% Permanent Staff

1988: 804 Members – 75% Permanent Staff

1996: 841 Members – 76% Permanent Staff

2003: 684 Members – 88% Permanent Staff

Session: 120 Legislative Days During Each Biennium

- Begins On The First Tuesday in January of Odd Years

- Convenes On a Date Set By Both Bodies in Even Years


Minnesota state legislature1

Minnesota State Legislature

  • Total Legislative Expenditure: $46,300,000/year

  • Salary: $31,140.90/year For Legislatures

  • Senate: $66/day

  • Representatives: $66/legislative day

    - Unvouchered, Set By Legislature

  • Turnover Rate (’94 – ’96) – House: 20% Senate: 16% Total: 19%

  • Incumbents

    - House: 91% Re-election Rate

    - Senate: No Data

  • Women – 29.9%

    - House: 37 Senate: 23 Seats: 201

  • African Americans – 1%

    - House: 2 Senate: 0 Seats: 201


Wisconsin state legislature

Wisconsin State Legislature

Permanent staff: 756

Session only staff: 0

Total Staff: 756

Session length: meets throughout the year

Operating Expenditures: $60.29 million ($456,000 per legislator)

Legislative salary: $45,569/year

Per diem: maximum $88


Wisconsin state legislature1

Wisconsin State Legislature

Turnover rate: (2002) Senate: 18%, House: 15%

Estimated percentage of time working as a legislator: 80-100%

Percentage women legislators: 25.8%

Percentage African-American legislators: 6%

No term limits


Clean state legislatures

Wisconsin's Sick Legislature


Bitter partisanship

Bitter Partisanship

  • Gridlock

  • Intense rivalries

  • Deadlock

  • State budget

    Full Time Legislature

  • Inane policies


Fundraising

Fundraising

  • Competitiveness

  • Political bickering

  • “Strong-arm” tactics

    Caucus Scandal

  • Special interest groups

  • Jensen and Schultz


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