|Posted:||February 11, 2019 11:06 AM|
|From:||Representative Andrew Lewis and Rep. Mike Jones|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Term Limits Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution|
|We are deeply honored to be incoming members of this hallowed institution and we are grateful to each of you for your service to our Commonwealth.
In the near future we plan to propose an amendment to the Constitution that would limit the terms of members of the House and Senate as follows: three consecutive full terms for senators and six consecutive full terms for representatives.
Please note: Time in office prior to approval of the amendment by the electorate would not be considered when calculating the limitation on terms. Moreover, a member who reaches the maximum number of terms may seek election to the same chamber after a hiatus of one term.
By essentially limiting service to twelve consecutive years in each chamber, our proposed amendment strikes the right balance between the desire to bring new voices to serve in government and the need to preserve institutional memory that ensures effective operation of the General Assembly. While we are honored to have deep friendships with members in both chambers – many of whom are nearing or have surpassed twelve years of service – and while we are grateful for the ongoing service of those members, we respectfully believe that the time has come for Pennsylvania to begin a thoughtful and phased transition to a term-limited legislature.
Key Benefits and Highlights of the Proposed Term Limits Amendment:
Introduced as HB815