Nebraska voters will decide whether to extend legislative term limits.
Constitutional Amendment Three on the General Election ballot November 6th would extend current legislative term limits from two consecutive four-year terms to three consecutive terms.
State Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege sponsored the constitutional amendment in the Unicameral as LR 358CA. The legislature approved the measure and placed it on the ballot.
Carlson is quick to point out that the constitutional amendment, if approved by the voters, would merely alter legislative term limits.
“I think the people of Nebraska would be much better served in the long runs if it were possible to serve three consecutive terms,” Carlson tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Carlson won election to the legislature in 2006 and re-election in 2010. He says he supports term limits, but believes current law is too restrictive and cuts off the service of a state senator just as the senator is becoming effective.
He draws on the success of the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team to make a point.
“I like to use a good example; if Tom Osborne had been limited to eight years we would be minus three national championships,” Carlson says. “Because, when you have somebody who is really effective, I think that the voters should be the ones to decide whether that person continues or not.”
Under Nebraska’s legislative term limits, a state senator can run for the legislature again, once the senator sits out a term. The constitutional amendment on the ballot this year would not change that provision.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]