You might be surprised at how long North Dakota elected leaders are serving in office


MINOT, N.D. — A ballot measure campaign has been launched to amend North Dakota’s constitution to implement term limits.

Some of the circulators of the petition to put the amendment on the ballot are falsely portraying it as term limits for Congress, but in reality, it would apply to the state Legislature and the governor.

Is it needed?

The knee-jerk reaction from some is “yes.”

“We don’t have enough turnover in the Legislature. Once people are elected, they become entrenched. They stay too long. Many of them become out of touch,” columnist Jim Shaw wrote recently.

That assumption is typical of those making a case for term limits, but is it accurate?

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