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JUDGE SETS CUTOFF FOR TERM-LIMITS STAY.

Byline: Karyn Hunt Associated Press

A legal stay keeping term limits for state legislators in effect until the end of October can be extended until Nov. 4, but no later, a federal appeals judge said Wednesday.

The legal maneuvering, which has surrounded the enforcement of voter-approved Proposition 140, must end in time for voters and potential candidates to make preparations for the 1998 election, said 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt.

And with March filing deadlines rapidly approaching, candidates need time to choose which offices they will seek, open bank accounts, set up committees and begin raising funds.

``The state's interest in enforcing a presumptively unconstitutional measure during the course of the upcoming statewide election cannot outweigh the irreparable injuries that would be incurred by legislators who would be precluded from running for re-election and by voters who would be prevented from voting for, and electing, the lawful candidates of their choice,'' Reinhardt said in a written decision.

The decision does not settle the issue of whether term limits are constitutional. In fact, that question was thrown into the air once again last week, when an unnamed 9th Circuit judge asked for a rehearing by 11 judges sitting en banc on the Oct. 7 ruling by a three-judge panel including Reinhardt.
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