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Ohio Voters Might Get Chance To Vote On Term Limits.....Again

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Dan Konik
Ohio voting machine

Ohio voters might get to decide whether to amend the constitution to set new term limits for state lawmakers. There's a drive afoot to get the idea to the statewide ballot this November.

The proposed amendment would limit lawmakers to serving 16 years total in the Ohio House or Senate.

Currently, Ohio lawmakers are limited to eight-year terms. Voters decided an issue in 1992 that set that limit. Now, Attorney Don McTigue, who’s leading the current effort, says lawmakers can jump back and forth between the chambers to stay in the legislature much longer.

“I don’t think it was anticipated that we would have the constant shuffling back and forth and so this is a serious effort to put before the voters the option of closing that loophole," McTigue says.

Supporters of term limits say voters have the option of removing lawmakers in elections. But critics say they give lobbyists too much influence. 

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.