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On November 8, 1994, voters of the District of Columbia approved Initiative No. 49, the “District of Columbia Term Limits Initiative.” This Inititiative limited the Mayor, members of the City Council, and members of the Board of Education to serving two consecutive terms in the same elected position.

Since the initiative did not apply to terms served prior to its taking effect, and since the Board of Education was restructured by Charter Amendment No. 3, term limits would first apply to any officeholders in the 2004 election. On January 23, 2001, Councilmember Jack Evans introduced legislation to prevent term limits from taking effect. WUSA-TV reporter Bruce Johnson has reported that Councilmember Evans has said that he and Council Chairman Linda Cropp have eleven supporters for repealing term limits. Councilmembers Adrian Fenty and Kevin Chavous have announced that they support term limits; therefore it can be assumed that all the other Councilmembers support repealing them.

  • Consecutive Term Limitation Amendment Act of 2001, Bill 14-25, introduced January 23, 2001
  • Charlotte Brookins-Hudson, General Counsel to the City Council, memorandum arguing that the people had no power to pass term limits by initiative, March 26, 2001
  • Board of Elections and Ethics explanation of the effect of term limits, January 3, 2001
  • Bruce Johnson, “Happy New Year from the D.C. Council,” January 2, 2001
  • Initiative No. 49, “The District of Columbia Term Limits Initiative,” passed November 8, 1994
  • Election results on Initiative No. 49, November 8, 1994
  • U.S. Term Limits, a national organization promoting term limits

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