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Voters Could Decide To Limit Legislative Leader Terms

State Senator Phil Berger
Dave DeWitt
Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger

There could be term limits for the leaders of the state House and Senate under a bill moving through the legislature.

The bill could limit terms for the Speaker of the House and the Senate Leader to four consecutive two-year terms.

Republican Bill Sponsor John Blust said more members should have the chance to lead the state's lawmaking bodies.

"The weaknesses of our institution is the power does seem to be in the hands of a few people who call the shots," he said.

The House Speaker and Senate Leader make many decisions about which bills make it to the floor for a vote. Under the bill, voters would have to approve the term limits in a state-wide referendum before they became law.

The House has passed several bills to limit leadership terms in recent years. But all efforts have died in the Senate.

Jess is WUNC's Fletcher Fellow for Education Policy Reporting. Her reporting focuses on how decisions made at the North Carolina General Assembly affect the state's students, families, teachers and communities.
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