New RI lawmaker wants term limits on lawmakers

A new Rhode Island lawmaker wants to lengthen the terms of members of the General Assembly – and impose term limits to encourage turnover.
    
Rep. John Lombardi says the current two-year terms for House and Senate members prompt lawmakers to spend too much time running for re-election. He says four-year terms would give them more time to focus on helping constituents.
    
But he also thinks lawmakers should be restricted to three four-year terms to ensure they don’t develop a sense of entitlement.
    
Lombardi introduced legislation this week that would place his proposal before voters as a referendum in 2014.
    
Lombardi is a former Providence City Council president and was acting mayor in 2002 following Vincent “Buddy” Cianci’s (see-AN’-sees) conviction and resignation. Lombardi was elected to the House last fall.

Article source: http://www2.turnto10.com/news/2013/jan/18/new-ri-lawmaker-wants-term-limits-lawmakers-ar-1318109/

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