AUGUSTA — In 1993, Maine voters approved setting term limits for the state legislators. Now, nearly three decades later, some lawmakers want to restructure those limits.
“Basically, I’m asking for a majority vote on some sort of cumulative term limits,” said Rep. Justin Fecteau, R-Augusta.
Members of the legislature’s Committee on State and Local Government raised many questions about Fecteau’s proposal, which would set term limits at 16 years over a lifetime.
Rep. Randall Greenwood, R-Wales, agreed.
“I would be comfortable with a 16-year-lifetime service limit moving forward,” Greenwood said.
Some committee members wondered how best to phase in the proposed cumulative term limit if the legislature were to pass the proposal.
“Then everybody’s on notice in the future. Nobody’s penalized for prior service when this was not the law,” said Sen. Joseph Baldacci, D-Bangor.
Eventually, the committee voted to table the issue and revisit the question at an as yet unscheduled future meeting.