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Term limits proposal stalls in legislature

A proposal to install term limits for Erie County's elected officials has hit a road block.

The County Legislature voted 6-5 not to take up term limit legislation. Since it would have exempted some elected officials,  Legislator Joe Lorigo says he couldn't support the law.  

"The amended law that my colleagues clocked in only counts to this particular term. Many of them, all of them except Legislator Morton, have been here for more than one term. So they are treating themselves differently than anybody coming forward," Lorigo said. 
Since it hasn't moved either way, it could be taken up in the future. The bill's co-sponsor, Legislator Lynne Dixon, say she has always favored term limits.  

"The longer you're in office sometimes, we saw with Assembly Speaker Silver and certainly with Senate Leader Skelos, that there can be issues. Sometimes I think it's a good idea to not allow somebody to not hold such power for so long," Dixon said.  

Dixon says it should be the right of the voters to decide the issue.