Term limits discussed today at Houston city council

HOUSTON The council is considering a plan that would limit the mayor, city controller and council members to two four-year terms. Those positions are currently elected for up to three two-year terms.

The changes were recommended by the city's term limits review commission. If the council approves the motion, the issue will appear on the November ballot.

City council is also looking at a measure to reduce the time a candidate must live a district. Currently, the city charter says candidates must establish residency in the district they hope to represent at least a year prior to Election Day. The new proposal would cut that time down to six months. The change would only affect the November 2011 general election. If approved by council, voters will be able to weigh in on the November ballot.

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