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Term limits for elected county officials up for discussion today

The Erie County Legislature is scheduled to hold public hearings today on plans involving term limits for elected county officials. Republican Legislator Kevin Hardwick is among five lawmakers who introduced the idea earlier this year in response to allegations of unethical behavior by officials in Albany. 

Hardwick says the plan would limit the County Executive, Legislators and the Comptroller to a total of 12 years in office. The plan does not cover the County Clerk, District Attorney or Sheriff. 

The proposal is actually one of two term limit plans being considered. Another plan sponsored by Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo makes the term limit retroactive for those currently in office.  Hardwick's plan only makes it retroactive for this term for legislators.

If approved by lawmakers, the proposal would be put on the ballot for voters to decide in November.

WBFO Host Jay Moran spoke with Hardwick on Morning Edition today...

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