Term-limit changes sought in proposal

first_imgSACRAMENTO – In an effort to lock in the power of the state’s two top legislators for six more years, heavy-hitting political groups filed a ballot initiative Thursday that would expand term limits. Filed with the Attorney General’s Office, the measure would reduce the number of years that legislators could serve from 14 to 12. However, lawmakers could serve all 12 years in one legislative house – rather than six years in the Assembly and eight in the Senate, as the current term limits allow. “We need to reform the current system so that California has a stable Legislature that is focused on solving the state’s growing challenges rather than the next election,” said Allan Zaremberg, president of the California Chamber of Commerce. A total of 34 lawmakers facing term limits in 2008 could have their terms extended under this initiative. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The most prominent are Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, who could serve another four-year term, and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, who could get six more years in the Assembly. Until Thursday, many believed legislators would approve their own term-limits measure as part of an overall political-reform package that includes giving an independent commission the power to draw political boundaries. Legislators will now be able to keep their distance from the term-limits reform as their proxies – the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Teachers Association – do the heavy lifting. [email protected] (916) 441-2101last_img