2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
December 7, 2015 - Introduced by Representatives Gannon, Quinn, Tittl, Steffen,
Jarchow, Neylon, Brandtjen, Sanfelippo, Allen, Rohrkaste, Heaton and R.
Brooks, cosponsored by Senators Stroebel and Moulton. Referred to
Committee on Campaigns and Elections.
section 6 of article IV and section 2 of article V; and to create
6 (2) of article IV and section 2 (2) of article V of the constitution; relating to:
3limiting the number of terms permitted for members of the state legislature and
4the governor and lieutenant governor (first consideration).
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This proposed constitutional amendment, proposed to the 2015 legislature on
first consideration, limits members of the legislature to 12 years of service in the
same office and limits the governor and lieutenant governor to eight years of service
in the same office. Time served in an initial partial term in the same office, and time
served in a different office, is not counted as part of the 12-year and eight-year
limits. Additionally, the term limits do not apply to a senator or representative to the
assembly, or the governor or lieutenant governor, holding office on the date of
ratification of the proposed constitutional amendment, with respect to that office.
A constitutional amendment requires adoption by two successive legislatures,
and ratification by the people, before it can become effective.
5Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That:
Section 6 of article IV of the constitution is renumbered section 6 7
(1) of article IV.
Section 6 (2) of article IV of the constitution is created to read:
[Article IV] Section 6 (2) Beginning with the term commencing after 2020, a 3
person may not serve more than 3 4-year terms as a senator or more than 6 2-year 4
terms as a representative to the assembly. Time served during a partial term in the 5
same house, if it is the person's first term in that house, and time served in the other 6
house, shall not be counted as part of the 12-year limit. This subsection does not 7
apply to any senator or representative to the assembly holding office on the date of 8
ratification of this subsection, with respect to that office.
Section 2 of article V of the constitution is renumbered section 2 (1) 10
of article V.
Section 2 (2) of article V of the constitution is created to read:
[Article V] Section 2 (2) Beginning with the term commencing after 2020, a 13
person may not serve more than 2 4-year terms as governor or lieutenant governor. 14
Time served during a partial term in the same state office, if it is the person's first 15
term in that office, and time served in a different state office, shall not be counted 16
as part of the 8-year limit. This subsection does not apply to the governor or 17
lieutenant governor holding office on the date of ratification of this subsection, with 18
respect to that office.
5. Numbering of new provision.
If another constitutional 20
amendment ratified by the people creates the number of any provision created in this 21
joint resolution, the chief of the legislative reference bureau shall determine the 22
sequencing and the numbering of the provisions whose numbers conflict.
1Be it further resolved, That
this proposed amendment be referred to the 2
legislature to be chosen at the next general election and that it be published for three 3
months previous to the time of holding such election.