SENATE BILL 5119
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By Senators Metcalf, Erwin, Thorsness, Barr, Bailey, Amondson, Oke, Cantu and Saling.
Read first time January 21, 1991. Referred to Committee on Governmental Operations.
AN ACT Relating to term limitations; adding a new section to chapter 43.01 RCW; adding a new section to chapter 44.01 RCW; creating a new section; and providing for submission of this act to a vote of the people.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. The purpose of this act is to achieve a "citizen legislature" as envisioned by the founders, by guaranteeing a turnover in elective office. This act does not establish or require conditions or qualifications for office, but only limits the time an individual can serve in a specific office or house of the legislature.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. A new section is added to chapter 43.01 RCW to read as follows:
No person shall be eligible to be elected or appointed to any state elective office in which he or she previously has served a total of twelve years.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. A new section is added to chapter 44.01 RCW to read as follows:
No person shall be eligible to be elected to a house of the legislature in which he or she previously has served a total of twelve years.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. This act shall be submitted to the people for their adoption and ratification, or rejection, at the next succeeding general election to be held in this state, in accordance with Article II, section 1 of the state Constitution, as amended, and the laws adopted to facilitate the operation thereof.