SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinoisans tired of career politicians will be disappointed to learn that an effort to impose term limits on the General Assembly was thwarted by the Democratic Majority this week at the Capitol, according to State Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap).
“Since being sworn into office just three years ago, I have supported efforts to place term limits on members of the General Assembly,” LaHood said. “Career politicians are one of the main reasons Illinois faces the economic and budgetary dysfunction it does now.”
LaHood introduced Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 19 to limit individuals to only 10 years of service in the General Assembly. SJRCA 19, if passed by the General Assembly, would then enable voters to vote on the amendment in the 2014 General Election.
The Senator noted that more than 15 states have placed similar constitutional amendments on their ballots and they passed with large margins. Among those states are three Midwestern ones: Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.
LaHood’s legislation was stuck in the Senate Committee on Assignments for more than a year, until the majority party gave it a vote on April 3 in a Senate subcommittee.
“It is too bad that the will of the people was blocked by two Senate Democrats, who voted ‘present,’ effectively killing the term-limit legislation for this year,” LaHood concluded. “I will not stop seeking a legislative solution to term-limits. When citizens are afforded the opportunity to vote on measures like this – they pass overwhelmingly.”
Another effort to limit lawmakers terms to two continues by gathering enough registered voter signatures to place a constitutional amendment referendum on the November 2014 ballot.