Katz proposes term limits for state lawmakers

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Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,I-Yorktown) has authored and is introducing new legislation that would impose term limits on all state legislators. Delivering on a campaign pledge, the assemblyman has vetted the issue with constituents who feel that limiting lawmakers’ time in Albany is a solid step toward restoring integrity and transparency in government.

“Yet again, we’ve heard about the corruption that can overtake lawmakers who have been around for too long. Last fall, I promised to take action on term limits and I have since been discussing the issue with constituents across the 99th Assembly District. We all agree that limiting the time lawmakers spend in Albany forces the Legislature to focus on doing the people’s business in a timely manner,” said the freshman assemblyman.

Assemblyman Katz’s legislation would impose an 8-year term limit for state legislators. The 8-year term limit would apply to individual lawmakers’ service in one house, meaning a lawmaker could serve eight years in the Assembly and then another eight years in the Senate. Additionally, Assemblyman Katz’s legislation imposes a 4-year term limit on all leadership positions.

He said, “Sheldon Silver is the classic example. He has been the Speaker of the Assembly for decades and most good government groups consider him the source of much of the gridlock in Albany. This gridlock is the reason why a property tax cap has not been enacted and why other meaningful common-sense legislation never passes.””If lawmakers knew their time was limited, they would be more inclined to want to accomplish something during their term.

They would be focused on moving bills through each house and be forced to build consensus. These are the things that any good lawmaker should be doing, but because of the current ability lawmakers have to serve indefinitely in Albany, nothing gets done,” said the assemblyman.

Assemblyman Katz concluded, “In addition to tackling the gridlock in Albany, I believe my bill will level the playing field for lawmakers and help reduce their temptation to buy into special interests or follow a path of corruption.”

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  1. Delivering on a campaign pledge, the assemblyman has vetted the issue with constituents who feel that limiting lawmakers’ time in Albany is a solid step toward restoring integrity and transparency in government. That is good government. But it will go no where. Katz is in the minority in the assembly.

    I recall Greg Ball said and did the same thing while he was in the assembly. It went no where. Ball is now in the senate where he is in the majority.

    Will Ball introduce the same or similiar legislation in the senate? I say no. Prove me wrong.

  2. While in the assembly Greg Ball was a sponsor of term limit legislation. ( http://ball4ny.com/shake_up_albany ) it went no where. Just like Katz’s Bill will go no where.

    Greg Ball says substantive policy shifts cannot be made without changing Albany from the inside out. He says that he will be a fresh face and an independent voice.

    Greg in the assembly you had a minority voice. You could get nothing done. Today you are a senator in the majority.

    The voters are waiting for you to introduce similiar legislation in the senate. I say you will not. Prove me wrong.

  3. times a changin on

    @ term-limits, I think even in the assembly support for term limits is growing. I see some dems touting it. The people should put pressure on and call their reps to demand it.