Proposal would double Vermont governors' terms to 4 years

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MONTPELIER, VT. >> It's not a perennial, exactly, because the process for amending Vermont's state Constitution comes around only once every four years. Perhaps best to call it a quadrennial.

It's the proposal, also raised in 2004, 2008 and 2012, to increase the term for Vermont governor from two years to four, which would end Vermont's status as one of two states — the other is New Hampshire — that elect a governor every other year.

Sen. Diane Snelling, a Chittenden County Republican and daughter of the late Gov. Richard Snelling, says a four-year term would allow better long-term planning and avoid the expense and uncertainty of a gubernatorial election every two years.

Sen. Jeanette White opposes the idea, saying she likes the accountability to the voters that comes with a two-year term.


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