The fact came up over and over again during Monday afternoon's swearing in of new Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount): He can be here for a long time.
Thanks to voter-approved changes to legislators' term limits, Rendon could be speaker for the next eight years -- longer than anyone since Willie Brown. Rendon's predecessor, Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), the assemblyman who introduced Rendon, Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) and Rendon himself all mentioned it during their speeches.
So what does that mean? Rendon said it allows him and his colleagues to wrest some power back from the executive branch, which, he said, gained influence with short-time legislators.