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A bill extending term limits dies on the last day of the legislative session

May 18, 2001
By: Michelle Wirth
State Capital Bureau

Missouri legislators say goodbye to this year's legislative session...but some are saying goodbye forever. Michelle Wirth has more from Jefferson City.

A bill extending legislative term limits to twelve years, died before final passage on the last day of the 2001 legislative session. Representative Jim O'Toole says term limits should be extended because there's nothing wrong with a lifetime spent in public office.

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Contents: In all honesty there's nothing wrong with a career politician. We have career policeman, career teachers are very good at serving the people and why shouldn't they be in a job that they like to do.

Currently, legislators can only serve eight year terms in the House and the Senate. The bill would have asked the public to vote on extending those terms. From Jefferson City, I'm Michelle Wirth.