March 24, 2023
Contact: Ken Clark, U.S. Term Limits
Oklahoma State Senators Honored for Term Limits Support
Oklahoma City, OK — This week, nine Oklahoma state senators 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 senators at the Oklahoma capitol. The recipients were Senators Bergstrom, Daniels, Hamilton, Kidd, Bullard, Rogers, Newhouse, Burns and Pederson.
Chris Keener of USTL presented the senators with the “Champion of Term Limits” wood plaque which reads, “In recognition of a steadfast commitment to restore citizen government through term limits.” Senate joint resolution (SJR14) has been introduced and is scheduled for a committee vote next week. 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. SJR14 leverages this power so the states may act in the best interest of the people.
Earlier this week, the house companion bill, house joint resolution 1032 (HJR1032), passed the full house with a vote of 59 yeas to 34 nays, making Oklahoma one step closer to being the sixth state to call for a term limits convention.
Sponsored by state senator, Micheal Bergstrom, the measure’s summary reads, “Senate Joint Resolution 14 (SJR14) 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.”
These senators 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, 80% of Republicans, 81% of Democrats, and 62% 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.