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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Establishing congressional term limits

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by The Press in Opinion

In recent years, we have heard much debate and discussion regarding both term limits for elected officials and the Article V convention process for amending the U.S. Constitution.

Many people support term limits as a means for bringing fresh ideas and perspectives into legislative bodies and for giving voters more candidate choices over time. A number of resolutions introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly during this session and the previous session propose that the Commonwealth participate in an Article V convention call for various reforms at the federal level regarding term limits.

A number of states have already initiated a movement to impose term limits on U.S. senators and representatives through a term limits convention.

Under the Article V convention process, if two-thirds (34) of the states call for a convention for the sole purpose of amending the U.S. Constitution to propose term limits, then a term limits convention is called.

I believe this is an ideal mechanism for bringing term limits to Congress. That is why I have introduced House Resolution 647, which makes an application to Congress on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania to call for a constitutional convention on term limits. As with other Article V convention resolutions, when passed, this resolution will be a continuing call for a convention and will join with similar resolutions from other states.

Whatever comes out of the convention then must be approved by three-fourths (38) of all states to become law.

For more information about House Resolution 647 feel free to call my district office at 610-965-9933 or email me at Rmackenzie@pahousegop.com.