Supporters of limiting the terms of Texas politicians say their battle is far from over, and they'll be back in the 2015 session with a more robust term limits measure, 1200 WOAI news reprots.
The State Senate gave a measure to limit the terms of executive branch officials like the Governor, Attorney General, and members of the Railroad Commission the two thirds vote needed to pass, but in the House, even though it had majority support, it couldn't muster the two thirds needed for a Constitutional Amendment.
"No one had even gotten this close before," George Seay, a Dallas hedge fund manager who heads Texans for Term Limits told 1200 WOAI news. "It is actually a little more tantalizing for us to be making that big jump for the trapeze bar. It's like our fingers just touched it...and then we fell."
Seay says he would like to have a bill which expands the list of office holders who will be subjected to term limits before lawmakers in the next session. The bill which was defeated in the House exempted Legislative and Judicial office holders.
And Seay rejects criticism that some House members had of the proposal, that it was a 'back handed way' of criticizing Governor Perry, who is the longest serving governor in Texas history. Some Democrats have said Perry is a 'walking advertisement for term limits.'
"This was not about Perry," Seay said. "This was about good public policy, and our future. It wasn't about our governor or about any other elected official."
Seay says his eventual goal is a law which limits the total amount of time an individual can stay in politics in a lifetime. In states which have enacted term limits, many politicians stay on the political gravy train by jumping from job to job.
There is also a proposal which is backed by State Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) which would require that office holders who run for another job while they still have a year or more left in their current office, resign their current office when they run for another. Larson says an office which the politician said he or she wanted should not be a 'consolation prize' for losing another office.
That law would have required that Perry resign as governor when he ran for President in 2011.
The measure would have gone to the voters for approval November. That would have been almost guaranteed...some 80% of voters say they support limiting the terms of elected officials.