AP says Proposition 28, on term limits, passing
Voters appear to have passed Proposition 28, a proposal to change California’s 22-year-old law limiting the time state legislators may serve, according to the Associated Press. The organization based its projection on about 15% of precincts reporting.
In 1990, Californians limited lawmakers to three two-year terms in the Assembly and two four-year stints in the Senate, for a total of 14 years in the Legislature.
Proposition 28 allows lawmakers 12 years in the Legislature, but all of those may be served in one house.
It will not apply to those currently in office.
Supporters of the measure said lawmakers spend too much time fundraising for the leap from one legislative house to the other and need more time in one office to fully master complex issues and the lawmaking process.
Opponents said the initiative was pitched in a misleading way, as a toughening of term limits even though it allows legislators to serve longer in one seat.
Photo: The Capitol Building in Sacramento. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times