2008_10_term.jpgYesterday City Council members Bill de Blasio and Letitia James announced alongside mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner that they plan to introduce counter legislation to the council's bid to extend term limits on their own by sending the issue back to voters to decide in a special election this spring. The mayor's office said that it doesn't support such an election because they worry that it might not hold up legally, that the Department of Justice might not approve (as they must) a change that came from elections that notoriously draw low voter turnout. But an elections lawyer tells the NY Times that shouldn't be the case saying, "There’s no reason to think the Justice Department would be less favorably inclined were term limits changed by several hundred thousand people in a special election than if they were changed by 51 council members." Term limits talk should only heat up this week with both bills expected tomorrow.