Texas to copy Oklahoma on term limits?

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: April 2, 2013
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We've supported term limits, believing the positives outweigh the negatives. Although they hate to admit it, most politicians have a sell-by date. After several years in office, many run out of steam; inertia takes hold — if not stagnation. The loss of institutional knowledge created by term limits is usually more than offset by the infusion of new energy and new ideas.

Oklahoma has long limited gubernatorial service and was the first state to approve legislative term limits. Voters have more recently imposed limits on secondary statewide offices where incumbents had clung to power for years. Demand for rolling back term limits is virtually nonexistent.

We doubt Texas voters' attitudes differ markedly from Oklahomans' views on this issue. Term limits are popular. That's why, for once, Texas is playing catch-up with Oklahoma.


by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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