Legislative leaders would be subject to term limits under legislation co-sponsored by State Representative Mark Luft (R-Pekin) that cleared the House of Representatives on Thursday, April 22, 2021.
“It amazes me that the General Assembly didn’t pass legislation like this a long time ago,” said Luft. “When I talk to constituents, one thing they overwhelmingly tell me they support is term limits. I was happy to sign on to this bipartisan measure as a co-sponsor.”
Under House Bill 642, no person may serve more than ten consecutive years as a legislative leader in the General Assembly. Roles limited under the legislation include Speaker of the House of Representatives, President of the Senate, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, and Minority Leader of the Senate. The measure would take effect at the start of the next General Assembly, which begins on the second Wednesday in January of 2023.
“While this is a good first step, we have to remember that it is just that – a first step. I hope that in the future, we can work together in a bipartisan way to implement more comprehensive term limits,” said Luft.
House Bill 642 has passed in the House of Representatives now heads to the Illinois Senate for consideration in that chamber. Follow the status of this legislation at this link.