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Arizona Senate approves term limit question

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March 1, 2010

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PHOENIX, Arizona: On March 1, 2010, the Arizona State Senate voted 18-11 to place a term limit question on the November 2, 2010 ballot, sending the measure to the Arizona House of Representatives for a vote on the matter.[1]

The proposed question would ask voters if the state Legislature should be limited to eight years in office, which is the current term limit imposed on lawmakers. Senator Carolyn Allen, who introduced the proposal, has stated that terms limits lead to officials being influenced by lobbyists due to lack of institutional knowledge.[2]

According to Philip Blumel, president of U.S. Term Limits, based in Fairfax, Virginia, "At a time when the unemployment rate is at historic highs in Arizona, it looks like the only jobs they're interested in protecting are their own."

However, according to Allen, "We have term limits. It is called elections."

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