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SD House Endorses Extending Lawmakers' Term Limits

February 6, 2014, 5:12 AM

SD House Endorses Extending Lawmakers' Term Limits
PIERRE, SD -

The South Dakota House has endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment that would extend the term limits that apply to state lawmakers.

Senate and House members can serve no more than four consecutive two-year terms in a chamber, for a total of eight years. But a lawmaker can run for another chamber after being term-limited in one.

The House voted 54-16 to approve extending those limits to six two-year terms, or a total of 12 consecutive years in a chamber. The measure next goes to the Senate.

The measure is a proposed amendment to the South Dakota Constitution. If the Legislature passes it, the proposal will be put to a statewide public vote on the November ballot.

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