Voters likely will decide whether state senators can serve three consecutive terms.
State lawmakers have advanced LR 358CA into a position to pass. A final vote would send the constitutional amendment to the November ballot. It would ask voters to approve a change in the state constitution to allow legislators to serve three consecutive, four-year terms, rather than be limited to two consecutive terms as is the case in current law.
The amendment sponsored by Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege has gained widespread support in the Unicameral by lawmakers who say the current term limit law robs the body of experience. They say an extra term would provide much needed expertise to the legislature.
The measure advanced with little debate, except for the protest of Sen. Brenda Council of Omaha, who didn’t object to expanding term limits as much as she objected to limiting the terms of elective officials, period. Council says Nebraska should do away with term limits.
“Term limits, in effect, prevent voters from selecting the representative of their choice,” Council told her colleagues.
Nebraska voters will have the final say. If the amendment passes the legislature, it goes to the ballot.