The House has soundly defeated a proposed referendum that would have let voters decide whether to limit statewide elected officials to two consecutive terms.
The proposal easily cleared the Senate but failed on a 61 to 88 vote in the lower chamber Wednesday. It would not have applied to state representatives or senators.
Some suggested putting the issue to voters would send a message to Gov. Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history.
Perry took over in 2000, when then-Gov. George W. Bush left for the White House. He hasn't said if he will seek a fourth full term next year.
Supporters said it was not a referendum on Perry, and that polls showed term limits are overwhelmingly supported by Texans. But that wasn't enough to approve the measure.
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