Two-Term Governors

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The House of Delegates killed a measure Tuesday that would have allowed Virginia's governor to seek two back-to-back terms.

The resolution would have created a referendum to amend the state constitution. Virginia is the only state with a one-term limit for governors.

Supporters could not rescue the bill from a committee where it had been sent yesterday. Their effort came up two votes short, 51-49.

Opponents said it was not a political issue, but about balance of power. They said the governor should relinquish his powers to appoint members to policy-making boards, before being given the chance to serve eight consecutive years in office.

Gov. Mark Warner would not have been eligible to seek re-election under the measure. But he pushed for the change, backed by several of his predecessors, including Republican Linwood Holton and Democrat Doug Wilder.

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