PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new Rhode Island lawmaker wants to lengthen the terms of members of the General Assembly — and impose term limits to encourage turnover.
Rep. John Lombardi says the current two-year terms for House and Senate members prompt lawmakers to spend too much time running for re-election. He says four-year terms would give them more time to focus on helping constituents.
But he also thinks lawmakers should be restricted to three four-year terms to ensure they don’t develop a sense of entitlement.
Lombardi introduced legislation this week that would place his proposal before voters as a referendum in 2014.
Lombardi is a former Providence City Council president and was acting mayor in 2002 following Vincent ‘‘Buddy’’ Cianci’s (see-AN'-sees) conviction and resignation. Lombardi was elected to the House last fall.