- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - Proponents of term limits for the St. Tammany Parish Council still have a glimmer of hope.

Two months after the council soundly rejected a proposal to put a three-term limit on the fall ballot for voter consideration, a measure to reconsider the issue is on the agenda for introduction at Thursday’s Parish Council meeting.

Councilmen Marty Dean and Gene Bellisario, both of whom voted against the term-limit proposal in June, will introduce an ordinance calling for a three-term limit to be placed on a ballot in the form of a proposed charter change.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (https://bit.ly/1T3y1rX) the measure would restrict council members to three consecutive four-year terms, becoming effective with the parish governing body that is seated in January 2020.

The council could vote on the ordinance at its September meeting. Ten votes of the 14-member council are needed to put a proposed charter change on the ballot.

If the council approves the measure this time around, the proposition would be placed on a ballot next year for voter consideration, Council Chairman Richard Tanner said. It would be too late to put the item on the November ballot with nine other proposed charter changes, he said.

Dean said this week he changed his mind on term limits after hearing about citizens who want the opportunity to vote on the issue and discussing the matter with some of his colleagues. “We just got together and said why don’t we go ahead and do it.”

Bellisario said he does not favor term limits but is willing to co-sponsor and second Dean’s ordinance so it can be introduced and allow for more discussion on the topic.

The term-limit proposal was rejected by a 3-11 vote of the council in June.


Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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