California voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a proposition that changes term limits for lawmakers.

Proposition 28, which passed with 61% of the vote, cuts how long lawmakers can serve to 12 from 14 years.

But now legislators will be allowed to serve the whole time in one chamber of the Legislature, which could result in much longer terms.

Backers of the measure believe that will allow lawmakers to develop more experience and institutional memory.

Currently, lawmakers can only serve three two-year terms in the Assembly and two four-year terms in the Senate, which equaled 14 years.

The proposition only applies to lawmakers elected after it passed.

The new measure updates the original term limits measure, Proposition 140, passed in 1990.

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