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SD panel defeats plan to put term limits in constitution

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SD panel defeats plan to put term limits in constitution
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee has defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit legislators' terms in office.

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Lawmakers can serve four consecutive terms, or eight years, in the House or Senate. They can run for another chamber after being term-limited in one.

The proposed provision would have kept legislators from serving more than eight years in each chamber in a lifetime.

Supporters say incumbents have an advantage that discourages competition.

Opponents say voters can choose not to re-elect incumbent legislators and many lawmakers limit their own time in office.

Another proposed constitutional amendment to let legislators serve 12 consecutive years in a chamber has made it through the House. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has said he likely would vote for that if it appears on the November ballot.

Associated Press