Title

"The Talk of Maine" piece on the so-called "term limits" law, which limits Maine

Authors

Jeff Clark

Source

Down East

Date

2-1-2002

Pages

17-20

Abstract

"The Talk of Maine" piece on the so-called "term limits" law, which limits Maine legislators to four consecutive two-year terms in either the House or Senate. The limit also applies to the Secretary of State, Attorney General, and Treasurer. The State Auditor faces a two-term limit. When they have reached their "term limit," these office holders can either run for a seat in the other chamber or take a two-year break before seeking office again. According to research done by Matthew Moen, a professor of political science at the University of Maine in Orono, between 1996 and 2000 the House lost 53 members to term limits with a total of 466 years of service among them, including eight members of leadership and 19 committee chairs. The Senate lost 12 members with 142 years of service. With comments by those who support and those who oppose the "term limits" law.

Subjects

Tenure of office, Legislature

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