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Senator Buckson Calls for Action on Senate Bill 79

September 19, 2023

The legislation would implement term limits on General Assembly members.

DOVER, DE – On Monday, September 18, 2023, Senator Eric Buckson (R – Dover) sent a letter to members of the Senate Executive Committee requesting the committee take action on Senate Bill 79 (SB 79), the first leg of an amendment to the Delaware Constitution to implement term limits for members of the Delaware General Assembly and other statewide elected officials.

Below is a subsequent statement issued today, Tuesday, September 19, 2023.

“I am formally calling for the Senate Executive Committee to take action on SB 79. Adding term limits for members of the legislature, Attorney General, Auditor, and more was not simply a campaign promise, but rather is a move that must be made.

“Our system was not designed with the idea that individuals would make elected public service a career. To make the best decisions for the constituents one represents, you must be of the people, not above them. This isn’t a radical new idea, but rather my bill is the latest of many attempts by members of the Delaware General Assembly to place term limits either in Delaware Code or the Delaware Constitution.

“I firmly believe term limits would be a step in the right direction to bringing back good, responsible governance, and I call on the Senate Executive Committee to release SB 79 and bring the bill to the floor of the Senate for a vote.”

SB 79 is the first leg of a constitutional amendment and would need to pass two consecutive General Assemblies before being implemented.

If successful, the constitutional amendment would establish term limits for legislators, the Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, Auditor of Accounts, and State Treasurer.

Senator Eric Buckson is a retired public educator and represents the 16th Senate District.

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