Bill would extend state term limits

Oklahoma Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Schulz will file legislation that would allow most statewide officials to serve up to 12 years in office.

Schulz said his proposal would not apply to the office of the governor, or corporation commissioners. Oklahoma corporation commissioners may currently serve terms of up to 12 years.

“Term limits are good public policy, and my proposal would ensure they stay in place, but for most statewide offices a longer term is going to allow for more efficient and effective administration,” said Schulz, R-Altus. “Twelve-year term limits have worked for members of the Legislature, and they will be just as effective for statewide offices.”

Schulz’s proposal would send the reform to a vote of the people, which would appear on the 2016 general election ballot.