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.”