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March 7, 2016

Think About It: Bill Kill

Yet another opportunity to explore the opportunity for term limits for state lawmakers locally came and went last week when Senate Bill #2753 disappeared with nary a peep; well, there was a peep, but that seemed perfunctory to appease the masses. The bill would have limited a House Representative or Senator in Hawaii to a term not greater than 12-consecutive years, at which point the said lawmaker would have to go on hiatus for at least one term.

Apparently, there was quite a bit of written testimony in favor of such a bill, and not much negative commentary. This is not the first time nor the last for this subject. But the bill was deferred, and life goes on for local career politicians. And why not? After all, those who would have to vote to move this measure forward would be the very same people adversely affected by such a bill- elected politicians. Curious how we as a country ratified the 22nd amendment in 1951 which limits a president to a maximum of two terms in the White House, yet we have seen no strong push for how long U.S. Senators, House Reps, or even Supreme Court judges can serve, and we surely don't see much serious effort made on the state level here.

Term limit proponents suggest that lifelong politicians gain too much power over time and can lose touch at home and with constituents. Term limit opponents say we have a term limit protection in place already- it's called an election. But the bottom line here is that the thought that our sitting legislators would, in essence, vote themselves out of office over time is a concept that has no chance of ever seeing the light of day, nor even a full discussion. So if you're tired of ‘em, you'll have to provide the term limits, by voting them out of office. Think about it…

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