Mike Ramone Wants Street Cred With Bill That Proposes 20 Year Term Limits For Delaware General Assembly

In a bill filed today, House Bill #33, State Rep. Mike Ramone is proposing ALL members of the Delaware General Assembly, be they a State Representative or State Senator, be limited to 20 consecutive years in their role.  But the devil is in the details which gives Ramone more time in the General Assembly, if he doesn’t get ousted in the 2020 election…

HOUSE BILL #33

Sponsored by State Rep. Mike Ramone, State Rep. Michael Smith, Senator David Wilson, and Senator Anthony Delcollo

This proposed Constitutional Amendment establishes 20 year term limits for Representatives and Senators beginning with those terms of office elected during the general election of 2022. If a Representative or Senator serves 20 consecutive years in the same office, they would not be eligible for re-election at the next general election for that chamber. Any ineligible candidate would be able to run again for this seat in the general election that follows this term of ineligibility.       

Section 1. Amend Article II of the Constitution of the State of Delaware by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline as follows:

§ 2C. Term Limits

Section 2(C). Offices of Senators and Representatives.

Beginning with the Representatives and Senators elected to office in the general election of 2022, no Representative or Senator who will have served 20 or more consecutive years in the same chamber of the General Assembly as of the conclusion of the expiring term of office shall be eligible to be elected for a seat in that chamber of the General Assembly in the following general election. Any year of service that was served prior to the beginning of the term of office following the general election of 2022 shall not be included in determining a candidate’s eligibility for election as a Representative or Senator under this section.

My take:  Why have this start with anyone elected in the General Election of 2022?  This is a Constitutional Amendment which means it has to pass in two General Assembly sessions, the 150th and the 151st.  What makes this bill seem really stupid, if I’m reading it right, is the General Assembly could serve 20 years and then have to sit out for a term.  But then they could run again after that vacant term.  What’s the point of a term limit?  This is a Republican bill which means it will most likely go nowhere in the General Assembly.  This seems more like a fluff bill to give Ramone street cred with his fellow House and Senate Republicans.  The big caveat to this bill is it doesn’t apply to any year served prior to 2022 which means someone could serve 20 years up until 2022 and then another 20 years after.  Which means, should Ramone keep winning, we would see his face around for another 24 years…

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2 thoughts on “Mike Ramone Wants Street Cred With Bill That Proposes 20 Year Term Limits For Delaware General Assembly

  1. This amendment is very similar to what I have proposed, except that I put 6 years instead of 20 years. I would count years starting now. You could be barred from reelection in 2024 or if just elected to the Senate for the first of two four-year terms, in 2026. After sitting out of the General Assembly for one full 2-year election cycle, you could start over.

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