Move Underway to Change Term Limits From Eight to 12 Years

Florida legislators are considering a proposed law that would give voters a chance to keep their legislators for up to 12 years instead of the eight-year limit now in place.

If it passes the Legislature, the proposal would be on the ballot in November of 2006. It would not affect present officeholders.

House Speaker Allan Bense thinks it's reasonable to let someone hold office for 12 years, but not longer.

Nearly four of five Florida voters liked the idea of keeping fresh blood running through its capital when they passed the “Eight is Enough” amendment in 1992. That took effect in 2000.

Bense originally supported the amendment a dozen years ago. He is among lawmakers who have changed their opinions about an eight-year limit