The vice mayor didn't like my comment about three year terms Tuesday night. I said that if two years were good enough for Congress than two years were good enough for them.
"Scott Maxwell said, "I want to take a swipe at Congress...that was a lousy excuse for having two year terms. How has that worked out for us? There's nothing going on in Congress right now. Nothing."True, nothing is going on in Congress right now but that does not mean congressmen are not working. Congress adjourned until September 6. The House will then be in session until Sept 30, and adjourn until Nov. 14, after the elections. The House was expected to be in session for 111 days. However, the House of Representatives has averaged 139 "legislative days" a year since 2001, according to records kept by the Library of Congress. That's about one day of work every three days, or fewer than three days a week. When they are back in their Districts, they are meeting with constituents, traveling their district, campaigning, drafting bills, etc..
ORDINANCE NO. 2016-23 OF THE CITY OF LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA,
CALLING FOR A REFERENDUM OF THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF THE
CITY OF LAKE WORTH TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 8, 2016, AS TO
WHETHER THE CITY OF LAKE WORTH CHARTER SHALL BE AMENDED IN
THE FOLLOWING RESPECT: AMEND SECTION 2 OF ARTICLE III TO APPLY
RETROACTIVELY TO THE MARCH 2016 GENERAL ELECTION AND APPLY
TO ALL ELECTIONS THEREAFTER, SO THAT THE COMMISSIONERS AND
THE MAYOR SHALL BE ELECTED TO THREE YEAR TERMS; PROVIDING
REQUISITE BALLOT LANGUAGE FOR SUBMISSION TO THE VOTERS;
PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING THAT CONFLICTING
ORDINANCES ARE REPEALED; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
The three year terms referendum, placed on the agenda by the city manager who collaborated with the city attorney, (why are they being involved in policy?) was tabled and will come back to the next commission meeting. After much discussion on the dais, the Vice Mayor asked, "So in other words, we're not doing it?...Jesus."
The commission all seemed to be accepting of the 3 year terms (no one wants to campaign more than they have to) but they were not accepting to the term being retro-active for the Mayor, Vice Mayor and District 3 Commissioners as the people voted them in for 2 year terms.
I still am opposed to anyone being in office any more than two years. Two is long enough for a commissioner to screw it all up. Three years could be disastrous. So far, it has been.