Term limits proposition qualifies for February 2012 ballot in California

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July 29, 2010

SACRAMENTO, California: Three months before California voters will decide about the ten statewide propositions on the November 2, 2010 ballot, an initiated constitutional amendment that would allow California state legislators to stay in office longer has qualified for the state's February 2012 ballot.

If voters approve the Term Limits Initiative, it will amend Section 2 of Article IV of the California Constitution to replace the separate 8 and 6-year term limits on future California State Senators and Assemblymembers, respectively, with a 12-year limit on combined service. Current and former members of the California Legislature would not be affected.

California voters first approved term limits on their state legislature in 1990, when they passed Proposition 140. The state's voters have previously rejected attempts to allow legislators to stay in office longer, most recently in 2008, when voters defeated Proposition 93.

Majestic Realty bankrolled the petition signature drive to qualify the measure for the ballot.

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