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Missouri’s Congressional Term Limits Resolution Passes State Senate
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Term Limits (USTL) praises the Missouri State Senate for passing a resolution for a congressional term limits convention. SCR-40, under the provisions of Article V of the United States Constitution, makes application for the calling of a convention of the states for the limited purpose of proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution regarding term limits for members of Congress.
The measure, sponsored by Senator Denny Hoskins of Missouri State Senate District 21, passed the full upper chamber with a strong bipartisan vote of 22-9.
In order for Missouri to be counted as one of the 34 states required to call the convention, the concurrent application in the Missouri House, HCR-55, must pass. Previous House committee stops recommended overwhelmingly to pass the House resolution sponsored by Representative Chuck Basye, District 047. The final vote in the legislature is expected within the next two weeks.
According to Philip Blumel, President of U.S. Term Limits, “We commend the members of the Missouri legislature who support this important term limits legislation. They know that more than 82% of Americans have rejected the career politician model and want to replace it with citizen leadership. The way to achieve this goal is through congressional term limits. The best chance we have of success is through term limits proposal convention applications passed through 34 state legislatures.”
According to the last nationwide poll on term limits conducted by McLaughlin & Associates in January 2018, the issue of term limits enjoys wide bipartisan support. McLaughlin’s analysis states, “Support for term limits is broad and strong across all political, geographic and demographic groups. An overwhelming 82% of voters approve of a Constitutional Amendment that will place term limits on members of Congress.”
When HCR-55 passes the state House of Representatives, Missouri will be included in the 34 states needed to trigger a term limits convention. Once the proposal is drafted and accepted, the amendment would need ratification from 38 states to become part of the U.S. Constitution.