Bill would set term limits in Pennsylvania legislature

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A pair of freshman Pennsylvania lawmakers has introduced a bill to set term limits on members of the state Senate and House of Representatives.

Reps. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin) and Mike Jones (R-York) said their proposal would amend the state Constitution to limit legislators to 12 consecutive years of service in each chamber.

State representatives could serve no more than six consecutive two-year terms. Senators would be limited to three consecutive four-year terms.

The time a lawmaker spent in office before the constitutional change would not count toward their total years served when determining their term limit.

Representatives and senators who reach the maximum number of years served may seek election to the same chamber after a one-term hiatus.

A constitutional change must be approved by legislators in two consecutive sessions and by voters in a ballot referendum.

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