“Repealing Term Limits in Idaho”
Across the country, many American citizens have voted to place term limitations on state representatives. In the early 90’s Idaho voted successfully on term limitation for government officials. Any official from the governor down to school board members would be restricted to a certain amount of years. The new law allowed state and local officials to serve 8 years over any 15 year period, while county commissioners and school board members were allowed only 6 years over any 11 year period. Several officials such as the Republican Party were heavily against term limitation, due to the consequence of having legislative leaders removed from office. There were other groups against term limits such as local government and business leaders; these leaders were typically found in rural areas which had small populations. The downside to term limits would be that the small populated areas were known to be low pay or no pay position, and if leaders were forced out of office due to term restrictions their spot may not be replaced.
It was not until 2002 that Idaho legislation would vote to repeal term limitation, which was the first state to repeal. It was stated in the article, “Term-limit supporters gathered sufficient signatures to put the issue on the ballot to give the voters the chance to “repeal the repeal” in the November 2002 election”. (Repealing Term Limits in Idaho) The conclusion of the term limitation vote was a success for term limit supporters.
They were not being hypocritical, because many politicians’ see different perspectives and change their minds on certain ideas every day. Republicans became worried about the change term limits would have on their legislative leaders, which will have a major impact on them as well. The other...