Two Term Governor Proposal Dies

February 2, 2007

Attempts to banish Virginia's unique ban on governors seeking re-election died in a House Committee Friday.

Delegate Harry Purkey, R-Virginia Beach, has tried for 14 straight years to get the measure to pass without success.

He suggested trading some of the governor's appointment powers for a chance to serve consecutive terms.

The House Committee on Privileges and Elections killed the resolutions without debate.

"This committee has decided that they will pre-empt the public
view and that they will simply make the decision," Purkey said in
promising to bring the proposal back again until it passes.

A similar proposal to extend a governor's term to six years died in the Senate last week.

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