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House Considers Referendum on Term Limits

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    The House is considering asking voters to approve term limits for future officeholders.

    The House is considering asking voters to approve term limits for future officeholders -- which could send a message to Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history.

    The bill easily cleared the Senate in March. It seeks to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would limit future officeholders to two consecutive terms.

    Perry took over in 2000, when then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush left for the White House. He is now America's longest sitting governor, but hasn't said if he will seek a fourth full term next year.

    The proposal is sponsored by Republican Sen. Kevin Eltife, who ran for Senate after local term limits prevented him from re-election as mayor of Tyler.

    If approved, however, term limits wouldn't apply to Perry, judges or current state lawmakers.