North Dakota lawmaker defends effort to change voter-approved term limits law

(Fargo, ND) -- North Dakota Representative Jim Kasper is defending his constitutional measure which would lengthen term limits approved by voters last November. 

"I used an example on the floor that let's assume you own a business, and every eight years you have to fire 100 percent of your employees and you can never rehire them. How would you run your business? Well it's the same thing out there. Institutional memory, people who have been here awhile, are very valuable," said Kasper.  

Kasper's bill, which passed the house by a vote of 63 to 29, would allow lawmakers, the governor, and other executive branch members, to serve 12 year terms. 

Legislators would also be allowed to serve another 12 year term after being away from their chambers for 4 years. They could also serve 12 years in the other chamber. 

Kasper's bill will now be considered by the senate. 

Kasper made the comments while appearing on "What's on Your Mind" on AM 1100 The Flag.