Proposition 28 Proponents/Funders: Majestic Realty, Common Cause of California, the League of Women Voters, Congress of California Seniors, Californians for a Fresh Start (Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce), Los Angeles County AFL-CIO, Jerrold Perenchio, United Nurses Associations of California, Eli Broad. According to Ballotpedia.org, $2.1 million has been contributed to the campaign for a “yes” vote on Proposition 28, as of May 2, 2012.
- Proposition 28 permits politicians to stay in the Assembly for 12 years, up from the 6-year maximum allowed currently.
- Proposition 28 permits politicians to stay in the Senate for 12 years, up from the 8-year maximum allowed currently.
- Lawmakers can serve a combination of time in both houses, to the 12 year limit. Two years less than the current cap of 14.
- Politicians would be allowed to serve longer terms if Proposition 28 passes.
- Proposition 28 does not affect current officeholders.
- Terms limits, as they are now, do more harm than good. Proposition 28 would slow down turnover.
- As the Marin Independent Journal assesses, assembly members have little time to learn about Sacramento before it is time again to leave office. They are also forced to constantly be in campaign-mode.
- Changing term limits would allow lawmakers to tackle long-term problems in California.
- People with the most power in Sacramento get to stay without limits: lobbyists, staffers, bureaucrats, and more. Term limits, as they are, have expanded lawmaker dependence on staffers and lobbyists, as the Chico News and Review points out.