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Do Term Limits Help or Hurt State Politics?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Michigan voters decided in 1992 they wanted term limits in the state of Michigan – allowing for three two-year terms in the state House, and two four-year terms in the state Senate. Many critics say term limits in Michigan mean lobbyists have too much control and all the institutional knowledge. Should term limits be expanded or eliminated? How do term limits affect lawmakers ability to deal with and understand Detroit long-standing financial issues?

State Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) says it take six to eight months for newly elected lawmakers to shake off "campaign mode" and become a focused legislator. She says the lobby at the state Capitol is full of lobbyists who are former lawmakers.

"The revolving door is there," she says.

Here's the Next Chapter Detroit Article.

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