SPRINGFIELD — Republican State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld has a little more time to decide whether he wants to move from Okawville or remain in the Senate.
A drawing conducted Thursday determined the term lengths for all of the state's Senate dsitricts for the next 10 years. Luechtefeld's 58th District drew terms of four years, four years and two years.
In order to avoid the possibility of a complete turnover in the Senate, not all Senate districts elect senators at the same time. After the once-a-decade census, a random drawing is conducted to determine the term lengths of the districts. Every district has two four-year terms and one two-year term.
So, with the random drawing, a particular Senate district might have a two-year term followed by two four-year terms. Or the terms for a district might be 4-2-4, or 4-4-2.
The issue was important for Luechtefeld because if he wants to run again in 2014 or beyond in the 58th District, he'd have to move. Because of last year's legislative remapping, Okawville is no longer in the 58 district -- it's in the 54th District, where Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, is running this fall.
State law requires a senator to be a resident of his district within 18 months of the next election for that Senate seat. So if Luechtefeld wins re-election this year and had a two-year term, he would have had about six months to move from Okawville into the 58th district. But with a four-year term, he can win the election this year and then have a little more than two years to move into the district.
Terms for other senators' districts include Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville, 2-4-4; Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton, 4-2-4, and McCarter, 2-4-4.