Big Island to review council term limits proposal

Big Island to review council term limits proposal

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A councilwoman on the Big Island is seeking to increase the number of years that council members can serve from eight to 12 years before having to sit out at least one term.

West Hawaii Today reports that Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille's proposal would allow council members to serve three consecutive four-year stints. Council members are currently restricted to four two-year terms. The eight-year limit was approved by voters in 1996.

The County Council is set to review the proposal Tuesday. If the bill is approved, the proposal would go on the ballot for voters to decide in the Nov. 8 general election.

The council previously considered an amendment in 2005 that would have allowed members to serve six consecutive two-year terms. The proposal was voted down.

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