A state House panel endorsed two term-limits measures Wednesday morning, one aimed at school board members and the other statewide elected officials.
The House and Governmental Affairs Committee voted 5-3 for “local option” legislation under which voters would decide whether they want to limit school board members in their parish to three consecutive four year terms.
Exempt under House Bill 292 would be Jefferson and Lafayette parish school boards which already operate under term limits, the Recovery School District and the governing authority of any charter school.
A short time later the same panel voted 6-1 to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would set a cap of three consecutive four year terms on statewide elected officials other than the governor. The constitution already limits the governor to two consecutive terms.
The legislation would cover the lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, commissioner of agriculture and commissioner of insurance. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne supported the measure, House Bill 390.
Both proposals would be on the Nov. 8 statewide election ballot if they win final approval.