The Citizens Research Council of Michigan has issued a new report on the effect of term limits in Michigan. President Eric Lupher tells Michigan News Network 70% of Lansing lawmakers will be new to their chamber next January. He suggests changing the term limits law.
“Instead of limiting the time in the House and the time in the Senate, add up those two, and instead of six and eight for 14 years total, what if you just allowed 14 years total, and people could choose if they want to do that in the House or the SEnate,” Lupher. “That would allow more time to learn the process, to learn the issues.”
Lupher says term limits have empowered lobbyists in Lansing, as newly elected lawmakers rely on them for funding information. He says the current system leads to inexperienced lawmakers