Sunday, December 21, 2014

Term Limits Legislation Not Popular in Council

Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr.’s proposal to put term limits on City Council members was slammed by many of his colleagues today.

Term Limits Legislation Not Popular in Council

Philadelphia City Councilman Wilson Goode Jr.´s term limits proposal received a frosty greeting when he introduced the bill Thursday. (File Photo: Ed Hille / Staff Photographer)
Philadelphia City Councilman Wilson Goode Jr.'s term limits proposal received a frosty greeting when he introduced the bill Thursday. (File Photo: Ed Hille / Staff Photographer)

Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr.’s proposal to put term limits on City Council members was slammed by many of his colleagues today.

“I’m against term limits period. I think they’re a mistake,” said Councilman Brian O’Neill, currently in his eighth term. “The voters tell you when you’ve been in too long.”

As it stands now, there are no term limits for Council members. Goode today introduced a bill that would limit members to three consecutive four-year terms. Current members could win two more consecutive terms.

Goode – who successfully passed campaign finance legislation -- said that term limits would provide more opportunities for people to serve in government.

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“I’m not sure term limits have ever been introduced before,” said Goode, who is in his third term.

Councilwoman Joan Krajewski, in her eighth term, criticized the idea. “I must be doing something right,” she said. “The voters have the right to elect you.”

But other members said they would review the legislation.

“If I didn’t do my job, I’d be term limited,” said Councilman Darrell Clarke, in his third full term. “But I’ll look at it.”

And Councilman Frank DiCicco, who is in his fourth term, said: “Schools out for me. I’d need to think about it a little bit more.”
 

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