The battle over term limits is being revisited in Arizona, there are currently two bills one in the Senate SCR 1007, and its sister bill HCR 2029 in the house that would result in a total repealing of the term limits the citizens of Arizona approved in 1992. There are also three other bills: HCR 2012, HCR 2017, and HCR 2031 that would lengthen the amount of time legislators are allowed to serve. We need to put an end to these bills, call your senators and let them know the people took a stand in ’92 and they will take a stand in 2010, term limits will not be over turned.
In 2008 Proposition 93 was introduced to lengthen term limits in California. The California voters rejected the messure with 53% of the vote. In 2009, not listening to the will of the people, SCA 24 was introduced which, if passed, will extend terms and alter the time legislators can serve. The people of California, need to stand up and tell Senator Loni Hancock, who introduced the bill, and the rest of the Legislature to listen to the voice of the people and kill this bill.
To everyone’s surprise, Former Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville left the Michigan state legislature’s term limits alone in 2014. He realized that going against voters’ will and using resources to attack a popular reform wasn’t worth the gamble.
Republican Rep. Ed McBroom thinks otherwise. Just a few months into session and he’s already helped craft THREE separate bills weakening term limits. HJR V, W and X are now awaiting further review by the House Election Committee.
Here’s how you can help:
- Contact Rep. McBroom at 517.373.0156 to say “HANDS OFF TERM LIMITS”. Public servants should focus on real issues – not how to keep politicians employed longer.
- Use PublishALetter.com to send a Letter to the Editor of the Michigan newspaper of your choice, opposing the scheme to lengthen term limits.
- Click below to find your representative and ask them to vote “NO” any any attempt to torpedo term limits
Threat Level: MEDIUM
Missouri has 5 bills that can potentially change the course of term limits for the better. HJR 45, HJR 69, and HJR 70 would all limit the number of years anyone person can serve in either or both chambers to 16 years. There is also HJR 47 which would lessen the number of representatives in the house, and could potentially be used as a tool to extend term limits. The last bill to be on the lookout for is HJR 72 which would put term limits on all congressional offices that currently do not have them.
Nebraska was the last state legislature to adopt term limits. In 2000, 56 percent of voters passed a two-term four year limit on members of the legislature.
Senator Mike Friend (10) introduced LCR 5CA, a bill which will amend the number of terms for members of the legislature from two to three. The bill has been referred to the Executive Committee, of which the sponsor is a member. A hearing was held on February 12, however no action was taken on the bill. It has been indefinitly postponed. It is not technically dead but not likely to do anything.
Threat Level: Postponed Indefinitly. It’s not dead but poses no imediate threat.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Congratulate yourself, your hard work paid off
Representative Yates has introduced a bill that needs to be defeated. His bill, HJR 8, proposes the complete repeal of term limits currently set for Ohio State Representatives.
Passed in 1990 with 67 percent voting in favor of it, Oklahoma’s term limits law allows for a total of 12 years to be spent between both chambers.
This year, Senator Mary Easley (D-Tulsa) introduced SJR 3, which if passed, would place a question on the next ballot asking for the repeal of term limits. The bill was introduced on February 2 and referred to the Rules Committee on February 10.
THREAT LEVEL: DEAD. Pat yourself on the back, your hard work paid off.