Michigan 2011 House Joint Resolution C (Extend term limits )

Introduced by Rep. Sharon Tyler (R) on January 13, 2011, to place before voters in the next general election a Constitutional amendment to revise the term limits on legislators. Currently, representatives may only serve three terms of two-years each, and senators may only serve two terms of four-years each. The bill would allow legislators to mix-and-match these House and Senate terms in any combination for a total of not more than 14 years in the legislature. The measure is cosponsored by Reps. Greg MacMaster, Peter MacGregor, Al Pscholka, Matt Lori, Kevin Cotter, Kenneth Kurtz, Mike Shirkey, Mike Callton, Ken Yonker, Gail Haines, Hugh D. Crawford, Kurt Damrow, and Wayne A. Schmidt, all Republicans.

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Comments

  1. I think term limits are a bad thing. What is needed is to remove the benefits of serving for long periods of time. No ‘retirement’ benefits for legislators. The pay should also be lower than a similar private sector job, not “to the poor house with ya” lower but not what they could be getting if they got a ‘real’ job.

  2. I like term limits, wish some of them were even more restrictive. The longer someone serves the more he becomes interested only in preserving his longevity and its perks and power.

    Extending someone’s presence in the state house from 6 or 8 years up to 14 will rarely if ever benefit his/her constituents,

    1. I have been on both sides of the term limits debate. However I have settled on the anti-term limits side because limits essentially take the decision out of the hands of the people, which I think is anti democratic. I think shutesie has it right about removing the benefits first. Without them the incentive to become life to members will lessen.

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