For immediate release
January 31, 2024
Contact: Aaron Dukette, U.S. Term Limits
South Dakota Files Resolution to Term Limit Congress
Dell Rapids, SD — Lead sponsor Senator Tom Pischke (district 25) and prime house sponsor, Representative Jon Hansen (district 25) have filed resolution, Senate Joint Resolution 509 (SJR509) for term limits on Congress. The measure initiates an application to participate in an amendment proposal convention specific to limiting the time a member of Congress may hold office. The measure is being spearheaded by U.S. Term Limits (U.S.T.L.), the only national nonprofit focused solely on term limits.
Philip Blumel, the President of USTL, commended the sponsors for working on such an important electoral reform. Blumel said, “The people of South Dakota are lucky to have public servants who see what is going on in D.C. and are willing to take action to fix it. By using Article V to term limit Congress, the states can restore citizen representation on Capitol Hill.”
Blumel also noted the high popularity of congressional term limits in South Dakota, which receives 91% support from Republicans, 84% support from Democrats and 89% support from independents nationwide, according to the most recent national poll by RMG Research.
Once SJR509 passes the state legislature this session, South Dakota will be added to the growing list of states calling for a convention for the exclusive purpose of proposing term limits on the U.S. Congress. After 34 state legislatures apply for the convention and a term limits amendment proposal is approved, it must be ratified by 38 states to become part of the U.S. Constitution.
U.S. Term Limits is the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advocating solely on term limits. Our mission is to improve the quality of government with a citizen legislature that closely reflects its constituency and is responsive to the needs of the people it serves. U.S. Term Limits does not require a self-limit on individuals. Our aim is to limit the terms of all members of Congress as an institution. Find out more at termlimits.org.