The New York City Council held two days of hearings last week on a bill to overturn a voter-approved term-limit law. Such a move would allow Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others to run for a third term.

City voters approved term limits twice in public referendums in the 1990s, but some elected officials have long chafed at the restriction. Though the issue has set off a political battle, many observers think a change in the law allowing a third term is likely to pass.

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