HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-A bill that would put term limits on state lawmakers is being floated in Montgomery.
Senate Bill 19 was filed by State Senator Tripp Pittman (R-Fairhope) earlier this fall. If approved, all state representatives and senators could serve no more than twelve consecutive years in office from the time their first term begins, the equivalent of three full terms.
The bill would first have to be passed by the lawmakers it would limit before going to a vote of the public in a statewide amendment measure. State Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) has filed similar legislation in the past, and is one of a handful of lawmakers who have come out in support of the bill.
“New people bring new energy, and a lot of times that’s not such a bad thing,” said Orr. “You get entrenched incumbents who sometimes, just because of political power, are there for extended periods of time…What you see in other states is that it provides access for a new generation, more people to be involved in the legislative process.”
If Senate Bill 19 becomes law, all lawmakers would start at zero years in 2014, regardless of how past service. Fifteen other states already have similar limits in place for their legislatures, but previous efforts to change the law in Alabama have been unsuccessful.