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Term Limits May Be A Factor If Dolan Resigns

November 1, 2005
By: Tim Walker
State Capital Bureau

A political science professor says he thinks term limits are a factor in the impending resignation of a republican state senator.

Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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State Senator John Dolan, a Republican from Lake St. Louis, may become the next Executive Director of the Missouri Health Care Association.

Rick Hardy, a political science professor at the University of Missouri, was one of the initiators of a movement that imposed term limits for the Missouri General Assembly.

State Senators and Representatives are not allowed to serve more than two four year terms.

Hardy says term limits are a likely factor in Dolan's decision.

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"I would think that one of the factors had to be, at least in the back of his mind, that there would be restrictions on how far he would run and how long he could stay as a senator, and how effective he might be in that position"

Dolan is up for reelection to a final term in the senate next year.

Reporting from the state Capital, I'm Tim Walker.

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One political science professor says the impending resignation of state Senator John Dolan could be a sign of things to come.

Tim Walker has more from Jefferson City.

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State Senators and Representatives are limited for a maximum of two, four year terms. Dolan, a Republican from Lake St. Louis, is considering resigning to take a position at the Missouri Health Care Association.

Rick Hardy, a political science professor at the University of Missouri says more members of Missouri's General Assembly may follow Dolan's lead.

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"I think it's just a natural outgrowth, perhaps, of term limits, and of people who are really competent who decide they can make a living doing other things."

Hardy initiated the movement that imposed term limits for the Missouri General Assembly.

Reporting from the State Capital, I'm Tim Walker.