Governor Douglas supports extending terms for governor

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Vermont Governor Jim Douglas says he supports a proposal to extend governors’ terms to four years today.

He says Vermonters want the change and should get the chance to vote on it.

Vermont and New Hampshire are the only states that still have two-year-terms for governors.

Douglas says doubling the term would put policy ahead of politics, reduce campaigning and bolster the recruitment and retention of cabinet officers.

A bill before the Legislature would amend the state Constitution to establish four-year terms for governor and other statewide elected office holders.

Recently, former Governor Howard Dean said he was opposed to longer terms while Madeleine Kunin supported them.

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