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Amendment to Iowa Constitution would provide for term limits for Iowa legislators

State capitol of Iowa
State capitol of Iowa

DES MOINES – A joint resolution has been introduced in the Iowa Senate proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa to change the length of term of office and limit the term of service of members of the general assembly.

This joint resolution proposes a constitutional amendment relating to length of term and term of service for members of the general assembly. The amendment provides that the length of term of office for members of the house of representatives shall be four years and for members of the senate the length of term of office shall be six years.

The amendment provides that one-third of the members of the senate and one-half of the members of the house of representatives are to be elected every two years. The amendment also provides that members of the Iowa house of representatives shall not serve more than 12 years as a representative and that members of the Iowa senate shall not serve more than 12 years as a senator. If a person serves a portion of a term to which some other person was elected, the partial term shall not be included in the years of service. The limitation on the years of service shall only apply to terms of office beginning on or after January 1,2019.

The resolution, if adopted, would be referred to the next general assembly before being submitted to the electorate for ratification.

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