State Lawmaker Proposes Bill To Allow Voters To Decide On Term Limits

State Rep. Dean Plocher of Jefferson City filed a proposed constitutional amendment (HJR 51) that would allow Missouri voters to decide if all statewide officials should be prohibited from being elected for more than two four-year terms. Presently, the Governor and State Treasurer are the only statewide officials subject to term limits.

If HJR 51 is approved by both the House and the Senate, the proposed Term Limits would go before the voters in November 2018. Plocher said the change would add uniformity among all statewide office holders and would better allow new ideas and leadership to get involved.

Additionally, Plocher also filed HJR 50, a proposal to modify the current term limits for members of the Missouri House and Senate. Following approval by both legislative bodies, HJR 50 would go on the November ballot. Presently, legislative members can serve a combined 16 years in both the House and Senate, but can only serve 8 years in either body. If approved by the voters, the constitutional change would keep the legislative service limits at 16 years but would allow members to serve up to 12 years in one chamber.

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