In re Term Limits

I forgot to post this earlier, for some reason. The Texas Tribune had an article about a week ago about term limits. Evidently, there are two competing proposals. The first, submitted by Senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), would only apply to Statewide officials and limit them to two terms (eight years). The second, submitted by Representative Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio), applies to everyone and limits officeholders to six legislative sessions (12 years), which would mean 6 terms for Legislators and three terms for statewide officials. Neither of these proposals would take effect until after 2014.

Personally, my thoughts on term limits are as such: they should apply to executives, but not legislators. Executive term limits make sense, they stop too much stagnation at the top. But legislative limits do not make sense, as they eliminate seniority systems in bodies, and sometimes cause otherwise unpopular incumbents to be re-elected because it would be understood they’d be out soon anyways. A good example of this would be in the Houston City Council. It’s not a coincidence that since the advent of term limits, the amounts of incumbents losing races has significantly declined.