The Normative Value of Term Limits on Promoting Republican Virtue
Over this past summer I had the opportunity to work in the office of Michigan House Representative Tim Bledsoe of the 1st District due in part to the generosity of the Ham Fund Grant which provided me with the cost of travel. During my time at Representative Bledsoe's office, I learned of the importance of term limits and the influences that it can have on state politics. The representative himself was proposing a piece of legislation that would in fact allow for an overall cap in years in terms served in both chambers of the legislature. This new measure would help create more veteran leadership in the Michigan state legislature while still providing for term limits. The present term limit laws restrict specific term limits in both the lower and upper chambers instead of an overall cap. At the conclusion of my summer internship I had the opportunity to interview many other state representatives and senators to discover their opinions on the matters of the effectiveness of term limits. These important insights into the subject of term limits, given to me by Representative Bledsoe and other legislators, inspired me to further investigate the normative value of the limits .that are placed on state legislatures.
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