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JULY 28, 1997


Schmidt returns from national discussion on term limits

  NW News Staff
   Rep. Dave Schmidt (R-Bothell) recently participated in a national brainstorming session on legislative term limits. The session in Lexington, Ky., sponsored by the Council of State Governments, featured a nine-member panel of experts, including Schmidt, who serves as chairman of the House Government Administration Committee. The objective of the session was not to take a position, but to discuss the results and effects term limits have had in various states.
   Schmidt said another effect of heavy turnover among legislators is less knowledge of constituents; because new legislators must spend time acquainting themselves with complicated issues, they have less time for personal contact with the people they represent. He added that term limits also appear to make political campaigns more expensive.
   Following his return from the panel discussion, Schmidt will attend the annual Toll Fellows leadership development session in Lexington. The Toll Fellows program is sponsored by the Council of State Governments. During the weeklong leadership session, program members discuss ways to make government more responsive to the needs of the people. Schmidt was selected for the program earlier this year. He is one of only 40 elected officials in the nation to be chosen for the honor, and the only representative from the state of Washington.