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Biss proposes term limits for leaders

State Rep. Daniel Biss of Evanston has introduced a constitutional amendment that would limit the amount of time a member of the state legislature could serve in a leadership position.

The term limit would affect the speaker of the house, the president of the senate and minorityl leader positions in both houses.

State Rep. Daniel Biss of Evanston has introduced a constitutional amendment that would limit the amount of time a member of the state legislature could serve in a leadership position.

The term limit would affect the speaker of the house, the president of the senate and minorityl leader positions in both houses.

“The legislature is too tightly controlled by four individuals who are not accountable to most citizens,” Biss said. “This bill aims to make the legislative process more responsive by ensuring that we hear fresh ideas from new leaders, which is vitally important to how the legislative process takes shape.”

House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 20 would prohibit a member from serving in a leadership position for longer than ten years.

“This bill is about limiting the amount of influence a small group of legislators can amass in state government,” Biss said.  “The state of Illinois is ready for change, and that’s something we can’t accomplish if don’t turn away from what got us into this mess.”

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