Jacobs Applauds Term Limit Proposal

Eight years proposed for state leaders

Mike Baggerman
January 19, 2018 - 2:10 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Governor Cuomo again proposed term limits in his State of the State address earlier this months, drawing praise from State Senator Chris Jacobs, who campaigned on the issue of term limits.

"I believe term limits go to the core with what ails Albany," Jacobs said. "Albany, in my mind, has been controlled by a permanent political class: Elected officials who have been in Albany for far too long. Instead of serving the citizens that elected them to office, they serve the special interests who have kept them in power."

The governor is proposing an eight-year term limit for members of the state legislature. Additionally, it would impose an eight-year limit for governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, and attorney general. During his campaign, Jacobs proposed a 12-year term limit but was okay with the governor's position of eight years.

"I just went on a concept of a defined period of time that you can serve and then you can go live under the laws in which you passed," Jacobs added.

 Term limits would have to pass through both houses in the state legislature in two successive legislative cycles, meaning it could be placed on an election year ballot as early as 2019.

"I was thrilled that this past year we did get a major reform," he said. "That was stripping pensions from corrupt politicians, disallowing them the right to a taxpayer funded pension. That passed this time around. I think this would be a major step."

LISTEN: State Senator Chris Jacobs discusses term limits

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