Provides that members of the legislature shall not serve more than five two year terms in either house; regardless of terms, service is limited to ten years in each house and no more than twenty years of service, in the aggregate, as a state legislator.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the legislative law, in relation to term limits for legislators
PURPOSE: Provides that members of the legislature shall not serve more than five two year terms in either house.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the legislative law by adding a new section 2-A. Section 2-A adds that any individual may serve a maximum of five two-year terms in the state assembly and state senate. No person shall have more than twenty years of service as a state legislator.
Section 2 states the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Term limits encourage regular citizen participation, competitive elections and help to prevent a government where long-time politicians become deeply entrenched. The implementation of term limits is also a way to ensure that the legislature remains responsive to the people it was designed to serve. Term limits can also help foster new ideas and can give way to new lawmakers with fresh perspectives.
In addition, by adding term limits to the legislature, it serves as a motivation for the legislature to act swiftly, bringing about real change and reform for the people of New York State.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act will take effects January 1, 2013; only terms commenced on or after such date shall be counted toward an individual's years of service.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5611 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 6, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern- ment Operations AN ACT to amend the legislative law, in relation to term limits for legislators THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The legislative law is amended by adding a new section 2-a to read as follows: S 2-A. LEGISLATIVE TERM LIMITS. ANY INDIVIDUAL MAY SERVE A MAXIMUM OF FIVE TWO-YEAR TERMS FOR THE STATE ASSEMBLY. ANY INDIVIDUAL MAY SERVE A MAXIMUM OF FIVE TWO-YEAR TERMS FOR THE STATE SENATE. NO PERSON SHALL SERVE MORE THAN TEN YEARS IN EACH HOUSE. NO PERSON SHALL HAVE MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE, IN THE AGGREGATE, AS A STATE LEGISLATOR. S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2013; only terms commenced on or after such date shall be counted toward an individual's years of service.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09977-02-1