To the editor: The case for full-time state legislatures: Most states have part-time legislatures. Part-time legislatures cannot effectively or efficiently deal with all the issues they face.
This has been a problem for 50 years and has only gotten worse in the intervening decades. The issues facing those legislatures have gotten more numerous and more complicated for this current structure of state government. The public has reason to think its government is ineffective.
In North Carolina the legislature alternately meets one year in a long session of roughly nine months and in the next year in a short session of generally four or five months. The legislators receive a part-time salary, making it hard for most people to be able to afford to hold the office.
The consequence is that most legislators are lawyers or people in professions that allow them to get away from their main jobs for extended periods of time. Where is "the working man"?
It creates a homogeneous, almost autocratic legislature rather than a more heterogeneous, democratic legislature more representative of the population.
It's time to change and establish a full-time, adequately paid legislature in Raleigh. The people's business is too important for half measures.