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Legislators mulling changes to term limits

PIERRE -- A complicated proposal to change term length and the term limit for state senators squeezed through the Senate on a 19-16 vote Wednesday.

The proposal would change the length of Senate terms to four years from two years for terms that start in a year ending in a 3 or a 7, while a term starting in a year ending in 1 would be for two years.

Senators would be allowed to serve three consecutive terms or 10 years, whichever is greater.

The measure goes to the House of Representatives for debate. If the House agrees with it, the measure would be on the 2014 statewide election ballot as a proposed constitutional amendment. Currently legislators are limited to four consecutive two-year terms in the same chamber.