Nathan Stubbs

Champagne wants more term limits

by Nathan Stubbs

State Rep. Simone Champagne of Jeanerette has filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session to impose stricter term limits on public officials. Champagne’s bill, HB 84, would expand the three-term limit, currently in effect for state legislators, to all municipal and parish officials in the state (a three-term limit is already in place for Lafayette city-parish officials). If passed, the new term limits would begin in January 2010 for “any state, parish, municipal, ward, district, or other office or position that is filled by election of registered voters of the appropriate voting area, except the office of presidential elector, delegate to a political party convention, United States senator, member of the United States House of Representatives, or political party office.” In the event that existing law already imposes a stricter term limit, as is the case with the governor, the sticter limit would remain in place. Because Champagne’s bill comes in the form of a state constitutional amendment, it will require a two-thirds majority vote by both the state House and Senate, and approval by voters.