Because of term limits, Senator Cap Dierks of Ewing is running for re-election to what could be his last term representing District 40. Under current Nebraska law, senators are limited to two consecutive four-year terms.
Dierks dislikes the idea of term limits, which he says heavily impacts the Nebraska Unicameral.
“Most states that have term limits have two houses, all of them do,” Dierks says. “You can leave one house if you get term limited out and move to another one. In the unicameral system, we can’t do that. I think people should have the privilege of sending whoever they want to the legislature.”
Dierks says term limits have brought drastic changes to the legislature’s committee system.
“We have younger people with less experience becoming chairmen of committees,” he says. “Many times, a person with two years experience becomes a chairman. When I first went to the legislature, you had to have at least four, maybe six years to become a chairman.”
Dierks says term limits have not reached the goals that supporters promised. Dierks, who served several terms from the district in the 1990s, is being challenged by Tyson Larson of O’Neill. Dierks is 78-years-old. Larson is 24.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton