Republican Sen. Ronald Rabin says he’ll be pushing for four-year terms at the N.C. General Assembly when the legislature returns in April.
In his Christmas newsletter, Rabin notes that the 2016 election cycle is already under way – too soon for lawmakers who started their current term less than a year ago.
“Folks, two-year terms are simply too short,” said Rabin, who represents Harnett, Lee and western Johnston counties. “There is simply no way that two-year planning horizons are a good idea and, in reality, the second year of every term emphasis is on campaigning. It is simply inefficient and expensive.”
Rabin said that he’ll re-file a bill that would amend the state constitution to elect legislators every four years. He says the bill will also include “some number of term limits.”
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Rabin introduced similar legislation in March. That bill would have elected half the legislature every two years and imposed a term limit of four consecutive terms.
Rabin’s bill was sent to the Senate Rules Committee where it didn’t get a hearing this year.