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  • Twelve Year Term Limits On State Legislators
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    Mark P. Petracca's idea that "government should be kept as near to the people as possible chiefly through frequent elections and rotation-in-office" is quite common in early republican thought and generally agreed upon by the America's revolutionary thinkers. Although the debate over limiting legislative terms dates back to the beginnings of political science, it was not until the 1990's that the doctrine began to be taken seriously when voters started to approve term limit initiatives (Sinclair...
  • Used Argument Against Term Limits
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    TERM LIMITS: PRO "Elections, especially of representatives and counselors, should be annual, there not being in the whole circle of the sciences a maxim more infallible than this, 'where annual elections end, there slavery begins. ' These great men... should be [chosen] once a year - Like bubbles on the sea of matter born, they rise, they break, and to the sea return. This will teach them the great political virtues of humility, patience, and moderation, without which every man in power becomes ...
  • Constitutional Amendment On Term Limits
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    Congress and The Change in Term Limits In 1994, for the first time in 40 years, Congress was drastically changed. The Democratic majority was uprooted and new, lively, freshmen were instated with a job to undertake. As part of the Republican ='s A Contract with America, @ these new Republicans had to revise the current Congressional term limit status. In undertaking this task, these men and women ran into a seemingly stone road-block. This roadblock consisted of long-term, careerists who were un...
  • Of The Proposals For Term Limits
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    The movement to limit terms of elected and appointed government officials has predictably run into a stone wall in Congress, and must seek other means of accomplishing its purpose. The 1994 Republican Contract with America promised term limits, but once in power the enthusiasm for change faded away. Term limits are a wonderful issue to run on as long as they are not enacted into law. The remark of Eighteenth Century dictionary maker Dr. Samuel Johnson seems appropriate now, as it was then. He sa...
  • Strength Of Public Support For Term Limits
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    Term Limits For Legislators When the Constitution of the United States was adopted in 1789, it was without direction regarding term limits for legislators. At the time, professional politicians were unheard of, and the idea of someone serving for more than one or two terms was unlikely. So the Constitution did not formally address the issue of term limits, although it was understood that officeholders would limit themselves to one or two terms and then return to private life (1). With the advent...
  • Congressional Term Limits
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    SHOULD CONGRESSIONAL TERMS BE LIMITED For many years, there has been a heated debate on whether or not Congressional terms should be limited. A constitutional amendment has been proposed several times in Congress and has not passed. Twenty-two States passed their own laws to restrict congressional terms that their representatives can serve. Yet in 1995, the Supreme Court ruled that bylaw, states may not limit how long members of Congress can serve as a member of the House of Representatives or t...
  • Absence Of Term Limits In The Constitution
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    There is a movement sweeping the United States that state legislatures, by virtue of the Tenth Amendment, have the constitutional power to establish a new qualification for federal office, specifically, a restriction on the number of terms their congressional delegations may serve in Washington. The legal battleground covers two sections of the Constitution. Proponents of term limits will highlight Article I, Section 4, which they say gives each state the authority to prescribe the "time, place ...

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