January 03, 2006


Term Limits Have Weakened State Legislatures

Governing says "the revolving-door system created by term limits has reduced the influence of the legislature itself."

"Almost everyone involved in the legislative process sees governors as big winners under term limits. In addition to their constitutional authority to sign and veto bills, governors in term-limited states control many top-level state jobs that legislators facing short stints will soon want. Whether it is a question of job ambitions, a shortage of information or sheer inexperience, the reality seems to be that legislators do a far less effective job of competing with governors for power once term limits take effect."










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