A grass roots group today will begin an effort to impose term limits on every non judicial elected officials in Texas, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Businessman Micky Dunn, who formed the group Term Limits Texas says eight in ten Texans support limiting the terms of elected officials. His goal is to have a term limits measure on the ballot in the 2020 election.
"It’s time to fill the Capitol with ‘do-something’ leaders-not ‘do-nothing’ career politicians,” said Term Limits Texas 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 Dunn. “It’s time to allow more hardworking Texans to get off of the sidelines and into the service of their community in elected office.”
State Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredericksburg) on Monday introduced a constitutional amendment that would impose 12 year lifetime limits on all non judicial elected officials in Texas, from the House of Representatives to the Governor. Among the strong supporters of a term limits measure is State Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio).
Biedermann's proposal only bars a person from serving more than 12 years in one particular office. For example, there is nothing in his bill to prevent a State Representative who has been in the House for 12 years from running for the State Senate, serving there for 12 years, and then being elected Governor.
Texas is just one of 14 states without some form of limits on the time lawmakers can serve in office.
Opponents of bills like this point out that there is already an effective 'term limit' mechanism in place...voters can decline to support lawmakers who they feel have been in office for too long. They point out that Larson himself has been in politics for more than two decades, from the San Antonio City Council to the Bexar County Commissioners Court to currently as a State Representative.
Usually, term limits measures are pushed by the party which is out of party, but Republicans, who hold a solid majority in Texas, are mainly behind this effort.