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How Prop. 93 would affect local state legislators

If Proposition 93 on the Feb. 5 ballot passes, it will have an impact on local legislators -- state Sen. Joe Simitian and Assemblyman Ira Ruskin.

It's a little convoluted, but here's how it works:

Under the current term-limit law, a legislator can serve up to three two-year terms in the Assembly (a total of six years) and two four-year terms in the state Senate (a total of eight years) for a combined total of 14 years.

Under Proposition 93, a legislator can serve up to a total of 12 years, but can serve all that time in any one legislative body.

Proposition 93 has an exception for legislators currently in office: They can serve a total of 12 years in their current positions. Therefore, Sen. Simitian, who is already termed out in the Assembly under current law and would be termed out in the Senate by 2012 (assuming he is re-elected in 2008), could serve until 2016 under Proposition 93.

Assemblyman Ruskin will be termed out under current law in the Assembly in 2010 after serving six years. Under Proposition 93, he could serve a total of 12 years in the Assembly.

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