March 24, 2023
Contact: Ken Clark, U.S. Term Limits
Georgia State Legislators Honored for Term Limits Support
Atlanta, GA — This week, twenty-two Georgia state legislators were honored with a plaque for their support of term limits on Congress. U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the nation’s oldest and largest pro-term limits group, presented the distinction to the state legislators at the Georgia capitol. The recipients were Reps. Hitchens, Barrett, Efstration, Crowe, Washburn, Clark, Dunahoo, Burchett, Petrea, Dempsey, Wiedower, Barton, Gambill, Stephens, Hilton, Hong, Tarvin, Fleming, Kelley, Anderson, Wade and Senator Russ Goodman.
Members of the U.S. Term Limits team presented the legislators with the “Champion of Term Limits” wood plaque which reads, “In recognition of a steadfast commitment to restore citizen government through term limits.” More than 50 legislators support house resolution (HR257) which has been introduced to be scheduled for a house committee vote. The convention bill does not set the specific length of term limits, rather, it simply starts a discussion among the states on what the ideal term limits of Congress members should be.
Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, the states have more power to amend the Constitution than the Congress does. In this situation, Congress would have a conflict of interest to propose term limits on itself. Recognizing this, the founders assured the states could both propose and ratify amendments without the approval of Congress. HR257 leverages this power so the states may act in the best interest of the people.
Sponsored by Georgia house representative, Scott Hilton, the measure’s summary reads, “House Resolution 257 applies to the United States Congress for a Convention of the States to propose an amendment to the United States Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress.”
HR257 must be passed in both chambers in order for Georgia to be counted in the states calling for a term limits convention.
These legislators realize that an overwhelming majority of their constituents want term limits on Congress. According to a 2022 poll of voters in the state conducted by RMG Research, term limits enjoy wide bipartisan support, 72% of Republicans, 82% of Democrats, and 64% of independents strongly approve of placing term limits on members of Congress.
Once the amendment is proposed by either Congress or the states at a national convention, it must be ratified by 38 states in order to become part of the U.S. Constitution.
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U.S. Term Limits is the largest grassroots term limits advocacy group in the country. We connect term limits supporters with their legislators and work to pass term limits on all elected officials, particularly on the U.S. Congress. Find out more at termlimits.org.