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    Representative calls for term limits

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    A new Rhode Island lawmaker wants to lengthen the terms of members of the General Assembly — and impose term limits to encourage turnover. State Representative John Lombardi said the current two-year terms for House and Senate members force lawmakers to spend too much time running for reelection. He said four-year terms would give them more time to focus on helping constituents. But he also thinks lawmakers should be restricted to three four-year terms to ensure they do not develop a sense of entitlement. Lombardi introduced legislation this week that would place his proposal before voters as a referendum in 2014.