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Michigan Senate Leader Wants To Eliminate Term Limits

State Sen. Mike Shirkey (R) Clarklake
State Sen. Mike Shirkey (R) Clarklake

The leader of the state Senate says he’s looking to change Michigan’s strict term limits law.

The annual Detroit Regional Chamber conference brings together the state’s business and political leaders. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey surprised the crowd when he announced he’s looking to change the term limit amendment in the state constitution.

“Personally, I’d like to see an elimination of term limits, but I’m not sure we can accomplish that," said Sen. Shirkey. “Term limits are a problem in Michigan, and I’m planning on thinking about this and processing it until I come up with a suggestion or a solution. I don’t have a solution right now. I just know it’s a problem.”

Sen. Shirkey said voters should decide how long lawmakers serve.

“We have natural term limits every two and four years.”

Michigan voters adopted one of the nation’s strictest term limits amendments in 1992.

It would require either a petition drive or super-majority votes in the Legislature on the ballot to change or repeal the amendment.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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