An argument against changing term limits

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From Nancy Smith: Want a laugh? A couple of legislators are trying to tell us if we want better government, we have to keep them in office longer.

More good policies? More of them.

Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg, filed a bill Thursday that aims to kill Florida’s current term-limit structure. According to House Joint Resolution 207, eight years isn’t enough anymore. Twelve is better. Give Florida legislators 12 years and they can fix the twisted political culture in Tallahassee, Kriseman says.

Over in the Senate Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, has filed a similar bill.

This legislation is about as bad an idea as I’ve heard so far this pre-session. Increased terms of office are not, as Kriseman said, the way “to tame the influence of money in politics and do away with Florida’s never-ending campaign cycles.” Without campaign finance reform, the money will stay the same — long-suffering donors won’t get the break they think, candidates will simply start fund-raising earlier and keep at it longer. And all the new cycles will do is lessen legislators’ travails, nobody else’s — certainly not the voters’.

But let’s look at other reasons why we don’t want to let this turkey of a bill strut too far down the road. Continue reading here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.