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Senate votes to extend term limits from eight to twelve years

April 25, 2000
By: Laetitia Thompson
State Capital Bureau

Missouri senators voted to extend their term limits by twelve more years.

Laetitia Thompson has the story from the state capitol.

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The bill would cancel out the original eight year term limit Missouri voters chose in 1992.

St. Louis County Senator John Schneider says eight years just isn't enough time for state legislators to get adequate experience.

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Contents: [108K WAV file - Sen John Schneider, the sponsor of legislation to extend legislative term limits, says term limits are a fundamental attack upon the ability of the people to decide from whom to vote.]

If approved by the House, the decision on twelve year term limits goes to the voters in the 2001 April election.

From Jefferson City, I'm Laetitia Thompson.


The Missouri Senate has approved a new loophole for legislators to bypass term limits.

Laetitia Thompson has more from the state capitol.

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The Senate voted to revise and extend legislative term limits from eight to twelve years.

But St. Charles Senator Ted House says wording in the bill allows innovative legislators to serve beyond the twelve year limit.

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Contents: [117K WAV file - Sen Ted House says the term limit proposal passed by the Senate has a loophole that would let a legislator serve almost indefinitely.]

Despite the senator's concern, the Senate passed the bill on to the House by a twenty-one to eleven vote.

From Jefferson City, I'm Laetitia Thompson.