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Gee, those term limits are starting to kick in for republican legislators. I wonder what they’re going to try and do about it? Why, that would be to extend their limits!

HJR 39 Proposes a constitutional amendment extending legislative term limits to 12 years in one chamber and 24 years total in the General Assembly

Sponsor: Funderburk, Doug (12) Proposed Effective Date: Referendum

CoSponsor: Franz, Ward (151) ……….etal. LR Number: 2375L.01I

Last Action: 03/26/2009 – Read Second Time (H)

HJR39

Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled

Calendar: Bill currently not on a calendar

I wonder how that would affect their retirement?

The resolution:

[text to be replace in brackets, new text in bold]

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 39

95TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES FUNDERBURK (Sponsor), FRANZ, SCHAD, JONES (89), WELLS, POLLOCK, PARKINSON, SILVEY, DIECKHAUS, GRILL, ROORDA, COLONA, OXFORD, WALTON GRAY, SCHIEFFER, ALLEN, GATSCHENBERGER, ENGLUND, McGHEE, SANDER AND ATKINS (Co-sponsors).

2375L.01I                                                                                                                                                  D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

JOINT RESOLUTION

Submitting to the qualified voters of Missouri an amendment repealing section 8 of article III of the Constitution of Missouri, and adopting one new section in lieu thereof relating to term limitations.

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring therein:

           That at the next general election to be held in the state of Missouri, on Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2010, or at a special election to be called by the governor for that purpose, there is hereby submitted to the qualified voters of this state, for adoption or rejection, the following amendment to article III of the Constitution of the state of Missouri:

           Section A. Section 8, article III, Constitution of Missouri, is repealed and one new section adopted in lieu thereof, to be known as section 8, to read as follows:

           Section 8. No one shall be elected to serve more than [eight] twelve years total in any one house of the General Assembly nor more than [sixteen] twenty-four years total in both houses of the General Assembly. In applying this section, service in the General Assembly resulting from an election prior to December 3, 1992, or service of less than one year, in the case of a member of the house of representatives, or two years, in the case of a member of the senate, by a person elected after the effective date of this section to complete the term of another person, shall not be counted.

[emphasis in original]

Mike McGhee? Mike McGhee? Oh, yes. let’s see what he’s co-sponsored in the past. Like say, 2005:

HJR14 Proposes a constitutional amendment establishing term limits for all statewide elected officials

Sponsor: Brown, Jason (30) Proposed Effective Date: 08/28/2005

CoSponsor: Nolte, Jerry (33) ……….etal. LR Number: 0671L.01I

Last Action: House Committee: ELECTIONS

04/19/2005 – Executive Session held (H)

VOTED DO NOT PASS

HJR14

Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled

Calendar: Bill currently not on calendar

Hmmm. Term limits for you and you, less term limits for me!:

[text that was to be replaced in brackets, proposed text change in bold]

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 14

93RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES BROWN (30) (Sponsor), NOLTE, THRELKELD, GOODMAN, CHINN, SANDER, DUSENBERG, DEEKEN, KRAUS, HUNTER, NIEVES, SMITH (14), PORTWOOD, LEMBKE, FLOOK, McGHEE, COOPER (120), SUTHERLAND AND YATES (Co-sponsors).

        Read 1st time February 9, 2005 and copies ordered printed.

STEPHEN S. DAVIS, Chief Clerk

0671L.01I

JOINT RESOLUTION

Submitting to the qualified voters of Missouri an amendment repealing section 17 of article IV of the Constitution of Missouri, and adopting one new section in lieu thereof relating to term limits.

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring therein:

           That at the next general election to be held in the state of Missouri, on Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2006, or at a special election to be called by the governor for that purpose, there is hereby submitted to the qualified voters of this state, for adoption or rejection, the following amendment to article IV of the Constitution of the state of Missouri:

           Section A. Section 17, article IV, Constitution of Missouri, is repealed and one new section adopted in lieu thereof, to be known as section 17, to read as follows:

           Section 17. The governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, and attorney general shall be elected at the presidential elections for terms of four years each. The state auditor shall be elected for a term of two years at the general election in the year 1948, and his successors shall be elected for terms of four years. No person shall be elected governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state auditor, or treasurer more than twice, and no person who has held the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state auditor, or treasurer, or acted as governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state auditor, or treasurer, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected to [the] that office [of governor or treasurer] shall be elected to [the] that office [of governor or treasurer] more than once. The heads of all the executive departments shall be appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the senate. All appointive officers may be removed by the governor and shall possess the qualifications required by this constitution or by law.

[emphasis in original]

This one didn’t make it in 2005.

Uh, Mike McGhee, so eight years is enough for statewide office holders, but not quite enough for state legislators? Or is this really about which party gets limited? Just asking.