Proponents of a proposed initiative to alter legislative term limits delivered more than 1 million signatures to county elections officials today.
Today was the deadline for the campaign, "Californians For a Fresh Start," to turn in the nearly 700,000 valid voter signatures needed to qualify the measure for the November ballot.
The initiative would create a 12-year cap on legislative terms, allowing lawmakers to serve 12 years consecutively in one house or split time between the Assembly and the Senate. Currently, lawmakers can serve up to 14 years -- three two-year terms in the Assembly and two four-year terms in the Senate.
The changes would take effect for officials elected beginning in 2012, so current lawmakers and candidates elected this year would not be affected.
"Californians know our current system has created a merry-go-round of politicians looking ahead to the next office instead of focusing on the state's complex issues. By reforming term limits, we will get a fresh start with lawmakers who will gain independence from lobbyists, develop expertise and be accountable to the people who elect them," Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce President Gary Toebben and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor/AFL-CIO Executive Secretary/Treasurer Maria Elena Durazo, co-chairs of the campaign, said in a statement.