Term-limit restrictions bill withdrawn Delegate cites lack of support

March 17, 1993

A statewide bill that would have revised the term-limit restrictions passed last fall by voters in Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties was withdrawn yesterday by its sponsor.

Delegate David M. Valderrama, a Prince George's County Democrat, said he is asking the House Judiciary Committee to cancel a hearing on the proposal that had been scheduled for this afternoon.

Delegate Valderrama said the bill simply did not have the support of, and in several instances was openly opposed by, the incumbents it was intended to help.

Anne Arundel voters passed a ballot initiative in November barring County Council members from serving more than two consecutive terms. The referendum is retroactive and, as a result, three of the council's seven incumbents cannot run for re-election.

A similar measure passed in Prince George's County.

Delegate Valderrama's bill would have excluded terms served before the referendum passed, enabling Democratic council members Virginia Clagett, David Boschert and Maureen Lamb to run one last time in 1994.

"I think that the feeling of our council members is that the voters have voted," Ms. Clagett, who has sat on the council since 1974, said last night. "I don't think they didn't realize what they were doing."

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