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Passage could make state office turnover routine (EDITORIAL)

Passage could make state office turnover routine (EDITORIAL)

The Oklahoman Editorial
Published: June 20, 2010

MANY will remember the 2010 legislative session as being one of limited means. Others will remember it as just being mean. We'll remember it as the year of limited terms.

The session was dominated by lame ducks. The top three players — Gov. Brad Henry, House Speaker Chris Benge and Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee — are serving their last years in office because of term limits.

If voters OK one of the items on the bulging state question ballot in November, other statewide offices will join the governor's position in being limited to two terms. Thus, a future legislative session could involve term-limited lame ducks in every high-profile elective office.

Good thing? The answer depends on one's position toward term limits in general and term-limited lawmakers in particular.

The debate on term limits has raged for years. It will never be settled. Proponents will always cite the benefits of preventing another Gene Stipe from arising; opponents will lament the loss of experience, opening the gates to more influence by special interest groups... FULL ARTICLE


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