Just as quickly as Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told reporters he hadn’t ruled out running for a third term, a Republican lawmaker said she would introduce legislation to limit gubernatorial terms to two.
Rep. Christie Carpino, R-Cromwell, said she planned to introduce a constitutional amendment to limit the term of governor to two four-year terms.
Currently, the state’s constitution does not limit how many terms one is allowed to serve as governor.
“Holding a monopoly over the executive branch does not promote good government,” Carpino said. “Fresh ideas that new candidates provide promote an environment that fosters the creation of sound public policy, regardless of party affiliation.”
The legislation will be submitted when the General Assembly convenes on Feb. 3, 2016.
This is the second time Carpino has introduced the legislation. Last year, a similar proposal never even received a public hearing.
It’s likely Carpino’s legislation would again need to be considered by the General Administration and Elections Committee. But it’s highly unlikely the committee will consider it. Term limit legislation is raised every session and it rarely gets a public hearing.
As if that’s not enough of a hurdle, Carpino’s legislation would require a constitutional amendment and as such would need to be approved by a three-quarters vote of the two chambers to be placed on the ballot as a question in the 2016 election. It could also be approved by a simple majority in 2016 and 2017 and placed on the ballot in 2018, which is the next gubernatorial election year.
Connecticut has amended its constitution 31 times. The last time was in 2008 when voters agreed to allow 17 year olds to vote in primaries if they were going to turn 18 before the general election.