For immediate release
March 4, 2019
Contact: Scott Tillman
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Maryland Senate Files Resolution for Congressional Term Limits
Annapolis, MD – Today, a resolution for a national term limits amendment proposal convention, Senate Joint Resolution 3, was introduced by Senator Eckardt (District 37). The measure was cosponsored by Senator Michael J. Hough. In January, Delegate Mike McKay (District 1C) introduced the corresponding version, HJ1, in the Maryland House with nearly twenty co-sponsors.
Through Article V of the U.S. Constitution, 34 state legislatures can team up for a convention to propose a congressional term limits amendment to the Constitution. The Term Limits Convention effort is being shepherded by the nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization U.S. Term Limits.
According to Nick Tomboulides, Executive Director of USTL, “There are two ways to propose an amendment for term limits: through the Congress or through the states at a national convention. That is why it is important to get support from state legislators, and bipartisan sponsors, to call for a convention to discuss the details of the amendment.” Once proposed, the amendment must be ratified by 38 states in order to become part of the Constitution.
Tomboulides notes, “More than 82% of Americans have rejected the career politician model and want to replace it with citizen leadership. The way to achieve that goal is through a congressional term limits amendment. These nearly 20 pro-term limits legislators know this and are willing to work to make sure we reach our goal.”
According to the last nationwide poll on term limits conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, conducted in January 2018, 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.”
There are thirteen states that have passed resolutions for a national amendment proposal convention specifically naming term limits in the subject. In a divided political climate, term limits for Congress is the one true, non-partisan issue that both President Trump and former President Obama have both publicly endorsed.
U.S. Term Limits is the largest and oldest 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.