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SD Panel Defeats Measure To Shrink Term Limits

February 12, 2014, 12:54 PM

SD Panel Defeats Measure To Shrink Term Limits
PIERRE, SD -

The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee has defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit legislators' terms in office.

Lawmakers can serve four consecutive terms, or eight years, in the House or Senate. They can run again after taking a term off or serving in the other chamber.

The proposed provision would have kept legislators from serving more than eight years in each chamber in their lifetime.

Supporters say incumbents have a distinct advantage that discourages competition.

Opponents say voters can choose not to re-elect incumbent legislators and many lawmakers limit their own time in office.

Another proposed constitutional amendment to allow legislators to serve 12 consecutive years has made it through the House. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has said he likely would vote for that if it appears on the November ballot.

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