Via the Chicago Tribune: The National Conference of State Legislatures has divided the 50 states into "full-time" and "part-time" legislatures, depending on how much time lawmakers spend in formal session, in committee work and constituent service, and on the campaign trail. Massachusetts is in the second-busiest of the four categories, with its members logging 80 percent of the hours associated with a full-time job.
For the most part, larger states keep lawmakers on the job longer. The smallest state with a "full-time" legislature is Michigan, which isn't surprising given the wrenching economic changes that the state is going through. (The only other full-timers are California, New York, and Pennsylvania.) The smallest state where legislators work at least 80 percent of the hours for a "real" job is Wisconsin, well-known for government activism.
The largest state with a less-than-half-time legislature is Georgia, and the largest state where lawmakers work less than two-thirds the hours of a full-time job is Texas.