Michigan Municipal League Board Endorses Term Limits Ballot Initiative
ANN ARBOR, Michigan – The Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees has endorsed a ballot initiative designed to change term limits in Michigan for state legislators.
Currently, state officials are limited to 6 years in the House of Representatives (3 terms) and two in the Senate (2 terms) for a total of 14 years. This proposed amendment, endorsed by the MML Board during a special meeting Monday, would reduce the total to 12 combined years to be served in the legislature in either the House or Senate, or both. This proposed amendment allows a legislator to serve an entire 12 years in one or the other legislative chambers, thereby assisting in continuity and experience of legislators.
Proponents of the measure argue that the public would be better served if longer terms in one or the other legislative chambers is allowed, while maintaining the overall concept of term limits by reducing the total maximum time from 14 to 12 years.
“We recognize that Michigan’s citizens support term limits and want transparency and accountability from state elected officials,” said Barbara Ziarko, MML Board President and Sterling Heights city Councilmember. “The League supports the effort to improve and strengthen term limits and applauds the legislature for placing before the voters a constitutional amendment that meets this objective.”
For additional information, contact the League’s Matt Bach, assistant director of strategic communications, at (810) 874-1073 (cell) and [email protected].
Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at mml.org.