The constitutional amendment that would create four year terms for State Senators has cleared one hurdle (no surprise here), now it’ll head to the State House:
Georgia senators would serve four-year terms under a constitutional amendment approved overwhelmingly by the Senate on Thursday.
Sen. John Douglas, R-Covington, the resolution’s chief sponsor, said Georgia would join 38 other states with four-year terms in their senates if the House goes along with the proposal, and if voters then approve it at the polls.
Douglas said the current two-year terms are becoming increasingly taxing as Senate districts grow in population. He said each senator will represent at least 180,000 constituents following the next census, up from the current 150,000.
“Two-year terms may have been practical some years ago, but I think they have outlived their usefulness,” Douglas told his colleagues before Thursday’s 49-6 vote.
The resolution calls for staggered terms for senators, meaning just half of the 56 Senate seats would be up for grabs in each even-numbered year. Currently, all senators run at the same time.
Douglas said staggered terms would lend more continuity to the Senate.