Posted: Jun 5, 2012 10:18 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Jun 6, 2012 8:20 AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters have approved a tweak to term limits that supporters say will promote consistency and reduce the influence of lobbyists.
Proposition 28 will limit lawmakers to 12 years, but allow them to spend that time in one house or a combination in both houses of the state Legislature.
The measure had about two-thirds support with more than 2 million votes cast Tuesday night.
Currently, lawmakers can serve up to three two-year terms in the Assembly and two four-year terms in the Senate, for a total of 14 years.
Good government organizations argued that California's strict term limits assure that the statehouse is filled with inexperienced politicians who are overly reliant on lobbyists and bureaucrats to help them write legislation.
Critics warned the change would lead to entrenchment in the state Capitol.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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