Jeb Bush Backs Reagan California Proposition for Part-Time Legislature

Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 11:00 PM

By Paul Scicchitano and Kathleen Walter

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Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday threw his support behind author and political columnist Michael Reagan's effort to replace California’s full-time legislature with part-time lawmakers, mirroring the system used in Florida and 40 other states.

Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan, chairs the Citizen Legislature Initiative, which has already collected 400,000 signatures — with another month to reach a total of 807,615 signatures to get the measure on the November ballot throughout the Golden State.

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“I can’t imagine being governor of Florida with a full-time legislature. It would have driven me nuts personally,” Jeb Bush told Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “But more importantly, you know, if you have a full-time legislature, the void is filled — and it’s filled with, a lot of times, just nonsensical stuff.”

In an exclusive interview on Tuesday, Reagan told Newsmax that his father had confided his disappointment in supporting California’s initial move in 1967 from a part-time to a full-time legislature.

See the excerpt of Jeb Bush's video interview discussing Michael Reagan's efforts:

“It has been a disaster,” Reagan declared, noting that his father, who served as governor of California from 1967 to 1975, would be supportive of his efforts. “I remember my father telling me there was only a few things that he was disappointed with as governor.”

“I think it’s great that his son is saying ‘wait a minute: I’m going to chair the effort to take this back to a part-time legislature, and try and get this state back in some fiscal sanity,’” Reagan explained.

The California legislature is the highest paid in the country, with members receiving base salaries of $96,000 per year plus additional non-taxable income, according to Reagan, who is also a Newsmax contributor.

“They can make up to $50,000 a year in per diem, which means it’s non-taxable,” he said. “So they can make $146,000 a year — $50,000 of which is non-taxable. Don’t you wish you had that deal?”

See these other exclusive excerpts from the Jeb Bush interview:

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