State lawmakers could soon be able to serve longer terms in office.
A proposed Constitutional Amendment would allow members of the Assembly to be elected to four-year terms and Senators to serve for six years.
State Representative Marlin Schneider (D-Wisconsin Rapids) says the change would keep lawmakers from always needing to be on the campaign trail, allowing them to focus more on legislative work.
Schneider believes adding two years to the term of each lawmaker would make them more willing to tackle difficult legislative issues by reducing their need to raise campaign funds and by not needing to rely as much on special interest groups.
The Wisconsin Rapids Democrat says the constant need to raise campaign funds has resulted in a corrupted Legislature. Schneider says the constant need to support the agendas of campaign donors impacts the legislative process.
The proposal is being considered by an Assembly committee.