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Apr 7, 2010 12:02 PM

Bill would term limit statewide elected officials

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) A bill that would place term limits on Louisiana's statewide elected officials is headed to the House floor for debate.

The proposal by Rep. Simone Champagne, a Democrat from Jeanerette, would limit the time in office of the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, insurance commissioner and agriculture commissioner.

They would be able to be elected to three consecutive, four-year terms, beginning in 2012.

The House and Governmental Affairs Committee backed the idea with a 14-3 vote Wednesday. The constitutional change would need two-thirds support of both the House and Senate, along with support from a majority of voters to take effect.

The bill wouldn't affect Louisiana's governor, who is already limited to two consecutive terms in office.

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