Term limits plan moves forward
March 20, 2012
If the measure meets with voter approval, a politician would be allowed to serve only 12 years instead of 14, and only in one house of the Legislature. It would reduce the overall time for lawmakers to serve, and, in theory at least, prevent the current practice of a lawmaker hopping from one elected post to another.
Today, an elected person can spend eight years in the Senate and six years in the lower house. Current and former members of the lawmaking body would not be not affected.
The bill is supported by labor unions, PG&E, and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce under the label of “Californians for a Fresh Start.” It is opposed by the Republican Party.