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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 11, 2018 10:35 AM
From: Representative Ryan E. Mackenzie and Rep. Francis X. Ryan, Rep. Paul Schemel
To: All House members
Subject: Article V Term Limit Legislation
 
In recent years, we have heard debate and discussion regarding both term limits 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 General Assembly during this session and the previous session propose that Pennsylvania participate in an Article V convention call for various reforms at the federal level.

A number of states have initiated a movement to impose term limits on Congress through a term limits convention held pursuant to Article V. Florida has adopted a resolution making an application to Congress to call a convention limited to proposing a term limit amendment to the U.S. Constitution, applicable to both members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Other states are in the process of considering their own resolutions.

Under the Article V convention process, if two-thirds (34) of the states call for an amendment proposal convention for the sole purpose of proposing term limits, a term limits convention is called. Any resulting proposed constitutional amendment would require three-fourths (38) of the states to ratify it during the convention.

I believe that this is an ideal mechanism for bringing term limits to Congress. That is why I intend to introduce a concurrent resolution making application to Congress, on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania, to call 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 be aggregated with similar resolutions from other states.

Please consider cosponsoring this timely resolution.

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Introduced as HR647