SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – Proponents of an initiative that would turn California’s Legislature into a part-time body are already raising money for their cause. They also hope to qualify the measure for the next November ballot.

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) is proposing the change – a proposal that would limit lawmakers to meeting only about three months per year unless they were called into a special session by the governor.

“We used to have a part-time legislature back in the 1960s when we were the fifth largest economy, now we’ve slumped to the eighth largest economy, Texas does it, Florida does it, those are very large economies and they work on a part-time basis,” Grove reasoned.

“It reduces the legislators’ pay from about $95,000 a year to $1,500 a month,” she added.

Critics, however, call the idea irresponsible, alleging that it would weaken lawmakers’ oversight over public services.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

The proposal has been filed with the state Attorney General’s office, the first step toward gathering the more than 807,000 signatures needed to place the measure on the ballot.

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