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St. Rep. Charles Perry says term limits would hurt West Texas

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Updated: 3/21/2013 6:40 am
Six bills in the legislature are posing a threat to Gov. Rick Perry's power and perks - one of those being his opportunity to run again.

One bill would limit statewide office holders to two four-year terms. Another bill targets state senators and representatives, calling for a constitutional amendment to limit terms to no more than 12 years.

State Representative Charles Perry of Lubbock said,  because there would no longer be a system of seniority, term limits for senators and representatives could negatively impact West Texas.

"We are outnumbered in a big way in sheer volume of representation from this region," Perry said. "Seniority has been, in the past, how we do the things we get done and need to get done for our area because we usually have long-time serving members."

Perry also said the governor would most likely veto any legislation that curbs his power.

Gov. Perry said he will review any bill that reaches his desk, which he has occupied for almost 13 years.

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