Reduces the total amount of time a person may serve in the state legislature from 14 years to 12 years.
Allows a person to serve a total of 12 years either in the Assembly, the Senate, or a combination of both.
Provides a transition period to allow current members to serve a total of 12 consecutive years in the house in which they are currently serving, regardless of any prior service in another house.
This Prop is a bit tricky, even in presentation. All the other Props have their own full pages in the guide books, but this one is started on the last one-fourth of a shared page and is barely noticable.
Now, that's important because several years ago, California voted favorably for Term Limits. I thought it a stupid idea and still do. There are Legistators in Sacramento who also don't like the limits and have come up with this piece of snookery to hang on to their jobs for like FOREVER. Hiding the prop down in the corner may cause some folks to ignor this one resulting in a favorable result for the conmen in the Legislature like Fabian Nunez, a leader in the reconquesta movement.
On the surface, I think this is a good idea because what we have now is a system that requires office holders to leave their elected office before they become proficient and before they have learned how a bill becomes a law. One new Assemblyman demanded that the Legislative Sergeant-at-Arms take is bill that just passed the Assembly directly to the Governor for his signature bypassing that damned uppity Senate. The Sergeant-at-Arms had to patiently explain that all bills from the Assembly must go to the Senate. It's the law. The Sergeant-at-Ars is having to explain procedure more than ever before.
I think legislators should be able to spend their entire term limited career in the same office. My problem with this Prop is that it would apply the current crop of criminals who are simply using this initiative to increase their terms by upwards of fourteen years. It would apply to about 47 sitting legislators. I would support this prop with this change: all current legislators are termed out under the current rules; only newly elected offials would be able to take advantage of the extended terms.
My vote: NO