Legislators may again urge congressional term limits

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Legislators haven’t set a limit on how often they can urge Congress to limit their own terms.

The House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved a memorial (HM 763) that implores Congress to limit the number of consecutive terms a member may serve. A similar memorial was approved last year with no response from Congress. Rep. Matt Caldwell, the sponsor of the message, said Congress failed to take up the suggestion from the Legislature last year “as they have with many of the good ideas from Florida, but maybe someday.”

Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek, opposed the message saying Florida has been able to advance itself through the seniority of its Congressional members and that term limits in Florida have caused problems for the state Legislature. “I think you lose a tremendous amount of institutional knowledge,” Waldman said. “Once you learn things up here in Tallahassee you seem to have to move on.”

Via The News Service of Florida.

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