In the 2007-2008 biennium several proposals for a constitutional amendment were proposed in the Vermont Legislature that raised the questions:
‘Should the Governor’s term be two years or four years?
What about other statewide offices such as Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Auditor, Secretary of State and Attorney General?
What about state senators and representatives?
If there are longer terms, should term limits be considered?
The Snelling Center undertook a project to stimulate voters to engage in a serious inquiry of whether two year or four year terms of office are in the best interest of Vermont, and which approach is most effective in advancing good governance. The basic values of good governance are seen to include accessibility, accountability, effective management, strategic leadership and the maintenance of the balance of power among the branches of government. Voters were encouraged to take advantage of research, forums, presentations and other tools, and will query candidates and their elected officials. Informed public opinion and a thorough and visible public discussion was encouraged to help inform the legislature’s deliberations during the 2007 – 08 biennium.  After consideration the Senate Government Operations Committee, where constitutional amendment proposals are first considered, voted not to advance the proposals to the full Senate or legislature, leaving these questions to be considered again in the future.

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AARP Vermont
Blue Cross/Blue Shield Vermont
Central Vermont Public Service Corporation
Champlain Oil Company
Doubletree Hotel
Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC
Entergy Nuclear VT Yankee
Fletcher Allen Health Care
Forcier, Aldrich, and Associates, Inc.
Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP
GBIC
Green Mountain Power
Hackett, Valine, MacDonald
Hazelett Strip-Casting Corp.
Hubbardton Forge
Kelliher, Samets, Volk Communications
Lang Associates
Middlebury College
National Bank of Middlebury
National Life Group
Neagley & Chase Construction Group
Northfield Savings Bank
Paul Frank & Collins P.C.
Queen City Printers, Inc.
Union Mutual Insurance
Union Street Media
Vermont Business Roundtable
Vermont Electric Power Co., Inc. (VELCO)
Vermont Gas Systems
Vermont Law School
Vermont Mutual Insurance
Vermont State Chamber of Commerce
Wells River Savings Bank
Windham Foundation