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House Considers Referendum on Term Limits

By WILL WEISSERT
|  Wednesday, May 15, 2013  |  Updated 8:18 AM CDT
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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.

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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.

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