These governors can be thought of as being in a true "final period" as they are both term limited
and have no political heirs.
A recent report by the Joint Project on Term Limits, formed by the Council of State Governments and two national legislative organizations, concluded, "Term limited
legislatures report more general chaos, a decline in civility, reduced influence of legislative leaders and committees, and in some states, a shift in power relationships." The report further noted that legislatures have succeeded in adapting to these changes, but there's no point in forcing such adaptations for no apparent benefit.
Perhaps term limits stimulate competition for term limited
seats, but decrease it in the races where an incumbent is running.
* Term limited
legislators may only run for their former seat after sitting-out four or more years.
When a member of the House is term limited
and interested in another public office, he or she can run for either higher office or lower office.
Conducting a national survey of all state legislators to assess changes by comparing data from legislators in term limited
and non-term limited states.
A list at the end of this story gives the number of term limited
seats on the affected committee.
Hence the most interesting question about term limits, and their final test, will be how term limited
legislatures adapt to the loss of "experience" and institutional memory.
It is further suggested that term limited
legislators would do more of what the Founding Fathers thought they should do and deliberate the merits of public policy and spend less of their time acting as intermediaries between their constituents and the many federal departments and agencies charged with administering the laws.
Speaker Lynn Snodgrass, House Democratic Leader Kitty Piercy and Senate President Brady Adams are all term limited
* Senates have more experienced members as term limited
House members move to the Senate.
Downer, who came to the speaker's position in January 1996 believes that "no speaker in a fully term limited
legislature will succeed himself because of the natural progression to leadership."