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Retirement could limit NEPA's clout

May 15, 2006

Marjorie Sarbaugh-Thompson, associate professor of political science at Wayne State, comments about Pennsylvania's term limits for lawmakers. Four veteran lawmakers with a combined 107 years of political experience are stepping down this year from their seats in the state House and state Senate, possibly creating a loss of clout for a large section of Luzerne County and northeastern Pennsylvania. Sarbaugh-Thompson says she is against term limits, but that if they must exist, they should be longer. She adds that her research concluded that while there is no exact length of time for a lawmaker to get over the learning curve, it does take time to learn the ropes and the art of compromise.