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Legislation to Limit Terms for Legislative Leaders Heads to Assembly

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In the wake of Sheldon Silver ending a 20-year reign as State Assembly Speaker after being indicted on federal corruption charges Republicans in the State Senate want to limit the terms of legislative leaders in Albany.

A bill which passed the Senate and is on it's way to the Assembly would limit the tenure of the temporary President of the Senate, Speaker of the Assembly, and minority leaders of both Houses to eight years. Legislative committee chairs would also be limited to serving no more than eight consecutive years.

"It stops the accumulation of a massive amount of power by being the leader of a certain committee or specifically the speaker of the assembly for a number of years. So if every eight years as proposed the leadership had to change it puts a different dynamic in the house," said Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R-122nd district).

State Senator Tom Libous co-sponsored the bill. he said in a statement, “while experienced leadership is important, it's also important we give new leaders a chance to offer a fresh perspective on the issues.”