Some lawmakers upset over term limits as the end of the term ends
LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Michigan has one of the shortest terms limits for lawmakers in the country.
Once Michigan lawmakers serve 6 years in the state house and 8 years in the state senate they are not eligible for re-election.
Representative Ed McBroom, R-District 108, gave his farewell speech after being term limited in the state house.
He says term limits add to the dysfunction of Lansing.
McBroom said, “You see that we have had expulsions, we've had multiple resignation, we have members that are under investigation from legal authorities and one in prison."
In his farewell McBroom introduced three resolutions: One repeals term limits altogether.
Another calls for lawmakers to serve 16 years in either the house or senate.
The third would allow termed limited lawmakers to come back and serve again.
Representative Peter Lucido, R-District 36, will start to serve his second term in the house.
He said, "I am an employee of the people who elected me, if they wanted me to continue, they should have that right. You are taking away that right with term limits."
Representative Tom Cochran, D-District 67, agrees.
He said, "We've always had term limits and they are called elections. If you don't like someone, if you don't believe they are doing a good job, then don't vote them in."
It's not just house members who see room for term limit reform, Michigan's governor sees it too.
Gov. Rick Snyder said, “Six years isn't very long."
Representative Lisa Lyons, R-District 86, just served her last term.
She said, "The public deserves the best and I think if we reform term limits they can get that."
She said term limits do a disservice to Michiganders who want to see real change.
To illustrate this point, Lyons talked about bills introduced only to have state departments and agencies stall her legislation until she was termed out.
In other words, unelected bureaucrats can wait out lawmakers like her, effectively killing what they want to pass.
Representative Brad Jacobsen, R-District 46, said that alone gives lobbyists and other special interest clout at the capitol.
He said, "It gives the bureaucrats a tremendous amount of power here."
Lt. Governor Brian Calley talked to us about the positive sides of term limits which is fresh blood in Lansing, which means fresh ideas.
Next year, we will see one of the youngest and most diverse groups of lawmakers ever. We'll be here to track their progress.