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Washington Group Opposes Ohio Term Limits


Opponents are fighting a proposal extending term limits for state lawmakers from eight to 10 years. The Washington, D.C.-based group U.S. Term Limits is backing limiting the consecutive number of years legislative and congressional representatives may serve. The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission is weighing two separate recommendations extending term limits to 10 years.  Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

The group—U.S. Term Limits—wants Ohio to keep its legislative term limits where they are which is at 8 years. There’s a proposal before the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission to extend that to 12 years.  
The national group traveled to Ohio and brought together opponents from around the state to back up their claim, including Republican Representative Ron Hood of Ashville, just south of Columbus.  
Hood: “Without term limits you have people in positions for an awful long time and the longer those people are in those positions the more they feel they can get away with not being in touch with the voters back home.”  
Supporters of extending term limits say it will keep more experience in the legislature.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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