A coalition of business and community groups and lawmakers this month will begin a push for a Constitutional Amendment demanding term limits for all elected state officials, from the governor on down, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Teh group Term Limits Texas will announce next week that it plans to mount an initiative to put the question of term limits on the 2020 ballot.
"It’s time to fill the Capitol with ‘do-something’ leaders-not ‘do-nothing’ career politicians,” said Texas Term Limits founder Mickey Dunn. “Too many bright Texans and fresh faces with bold, new ideas are sidelined because of the inherent struggles that come with challenging a 10, 20, or even 30 year incumbent in a campaign for public office,” said businessman Micky Dunn, who is a leader of the group. “It’s time to allow more hardworking Texans to get off of the sidelines and into the service of their community in elected office.”
Texas is one of just 14 states without any term limits on elected officials.
One of the supporters of the measure is State Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio).
In polls, 80% of Texans support limits on how long elected officials can serve in office.
The question of term limits has come up frequently in Texas, most recently during the term of 'Governor for Life' Rick Perry. But opponents to term limits laws point out that there is is already a mechanism in place to limit terms of elected officials, and that is for voters to stop voting for them when they are up for re-election.
There have also been questions about whether term limits would violate the Voting Rights Act, by denying voters the opportunity to cast a ballot for the candidate of their choice, if that candidate has been in office 'too long.'
The group has not yet announced how long term term limits are that they will propose.