The Caddo Parish Commission will hold a public hearing Friday on proposals to eliminate or alter term limits.
Commissioners now are limited to three consecutive four-year terms. One proposal would scrap term limits all together, another proposes raising the restriction to five consecutive four-year terms. Both are up for a final vote.
Term limits are credited in part with eliminating the occasional tumultuous meetings of the 1990s where commissioners were divided sharply along party and sometimes racial lines. Today commission meetings are relatively short and orderly. Adequate funding might also be deserve some credit. The commission has amassed a hefty nest egg in the tens of millions of dollars thanks to natural gas revenues from the Haynesville Shale.
Today's meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. at Government Plaza in downtown Shreveport. The regular meeting was delayed a day because of the July 4th observance.
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