Term limit legislation gets thumbs down in City Council’s 3rd reading

Jacksonville City Council

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville City Council on Tuesday voted against a term limit bill that was introduced in February. The vote was 7-10.

The legislation would have applied to the mayor, sheriff, council members, school board members and constitutional officers.

Term limits at city hall and elsewhere in local government are capped at two consecutive terms, but the bill proposed by councilman Rory Diamond would limit officials to two terms total.

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Before Tuesday’s vote, the bill had made its way through a few committees. The Rules Committee voted against it 5-2, the Finance Committee voted 4-3 against it and the Transportation Energy and Utilities Committee also voted 4-3 against approval.