Bill to double Legislature’s terms up for review

Posted Feb. 23, 2011, at 9:37 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Proposed changes in Maine’s legislative term limits are on the agenda in the State and Local Government Committee.

The committee on Wednesday is scheduled to review a proposed constitutional amendment to double the present two-year terms to four years. But the same bill would also limit lawmakers to two consecutive terms, for a total of eight years.

Maine’s present term limit also has an eight-year limit. House and Senate members serve two-year terms, but may serve as many as four consecutive terms in either chamber.

If it passes and is authorized by voters, the constitutional amendment would take effect beginning with the statewide election in 2012.

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