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Wheeler proposes term limits bill to start in 2022 for Alabama legislatures


A bill to limit the terms of Alabama legislators has been pre-filed and, if passed, would start with 2022 elections.

State Rep. David Wheeler, R-Vestavia Hills, announced on National Term Limits Day, Feb. 27, that he will be proposing a term limit bill to amend the Alabama Constitution.

Wheeler pre-filed the bill that would affect Alabama Senate and House of Representatives members.

“I have been a long-time supporter of term limits,” Wheeler said. “It was one of the issues I was most asked about during the last campaign. Poll after poll shows that Americans overwhelmingly support them. I think this measure addresses that desire without penalizing incumbents who have selflessly served our great state.”

The bill would serve an amendment to the Alabama constitution and place a two-term limit on anyone appointed to the state Senate or House.

It would also allow for an additional two years to anyone who was elected for a mid-term vacancy.

Current incumbents would not be penalized and would have the ability to serve for two more terms if re-elected.

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The bill also allows members of the Senate to run for the House after they reach their two-term limit and vice versa.

Wheeler will propose this bill as one of his first actions in office, as he just began his first term.


Mikayla Burns is an intern at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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