School board term limits proposal advances in Florida House

February 7, 2019 | Tampa Bay Times

Citing the importance of eliminating the “incumbency advantage” and the need to generate fresh ideas, members of the Florida House PreK-12 Quality subcommittee unanimously backed a resolution (HJR 229) Wednesday to ask voters to approve term limits for school board members.

Even with their support, several committee members signaled a desire to see some changes to the proposal for two four-year terms. Among their primary thoughts were increasing the maximum consecutive time of service to 12 years, and creating an option for counties to hold their own term limit referendums rather than forcing the issue statewide.

Rep. Jennifer Webb, the committee’s ranking Democrat from Pinellas County, said she did not want to push through a measure that might be “creating a disservice to smaller counties.”

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