Rep. Alice Borodkin is working on a ballot initiative for 2009 that would extend term limits from 8 years in the House and Senate to 12 years in both chambers. The Colorado House Democrats Blog reports,
The measure, which Rep. Borodkin hopes to push in the 2009 legislative session, needs a two-thirds vote in the House and the Senate to put the referred measure on the ballot and a majority vote of the people in November of 2009 before it could change the current law.
Rep. Borodkin has the backing of the League of Women voters and hopes to work with them this summer to discuss pushing the referendum.
It should be noted that Borodkin is herself term-limited from the House this year. She is currently running to fill term-limited Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon's seat. This is obviously an astute political move as much as it is an astute policy maneuver. Still Borodkin should be applauded for proposing this simple yet effective extension. Eliminating term limits altogether is not only politically untenable but also electorally improbable. Extension of terms is a responsible and pragmatic solution to the issues raised by term limits.
UPDATE: A commenter raises an interesting point - state ballot initiatives are restricted to TABOR related issues in odd years. It's unclear to me whether or not this also applies to referred measures that are placed on the ballot by the legislature. I don't have access to Colorado revised Statutes at the moment to check myself but if someone out there does let us know what it says.