State Legislative Term Limits: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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State Legislative Term Limits: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

  1. 1. 1 Chris Mooney, Director Institute of Government and Public Affairs University of Illinois Paul Simon Institute Term Limits Conference Union League Club of Chicago April 7, 2014
  2. 2.  Founded by Bruce Rauner and closely associated with him  http://termlimitsandreform.com/ 2
  3. 3.  The legislative article only  Signatures needed: 8% of votes cast in previous gubernatorial election  Collected between 24 and 6 months prior to the general election  3/5 of those voting on the amendment or a majority of those voting in the election  “Structural and procedural subjects” 3
  4. 4.  No person may serve more than eight years in the General Assembly.  No person may be elected or appointed as Senator or Representative if upon completion of the term of office that person will have been a member of the General Assembly for more than eight years.  Time served in the General Assembly before the session beginning in January 2015 does not count toward the eight-year service limitation. 4
  5. 5.  41 senators, 123 representatives (nested 3 to 1)  2/3 vote in each chamber to override a veto 5
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  8. 8.  Get rid of Mike Madigan!  Stop the rise of such powerful legislative leaders in the future  Greater turnover in the legislature  Create a “citizen legislature” 8
  9. 9.  Get rid of Mike Madigan!  Stop the rise of such powerful legislative leaders in the future  Greater turnover in the legislature  Create a “citizen legislature” 9
  10. 10.  Weakens the legislature  Less experience and policy knowledge  Weaker organizational structure  Shifts power to legislative staff, lobbyists, and the executive branch 10
  11. 11.  Weakens the legislature  Less experience and policy knowledge  Weaker organizational structure  Shifts power to legislative staff, lobbyists, and the executive branch 11
  12. 12.  Confusing, painful, conflictual transition period of several sessions 12
  13. 13.  For good or ill, expect radical change 13
  14. 14. 14  Chris Mooney  Institute of Government and Public Affairs  1007 W. Nevada St.  Urbana, IL 61801  Phone: 217-300-9000  Email: cmoon1@uillinois.edu

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