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Joint committee to look into affects of term limits on Missouri government

September 14, 1999
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau

A committee of Missouri lawmakers met today (Tuesday) to discuss what will happen when more than 70 percent of the house and almost half of the senate loses their seats because of term limits. Aaron Cummins has that story from Jefferson City--

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In the 2002 election, 121 of Missouri's 197 legislators won't run for reelection.

That's because they won't be able to -- they will have reached the limit of eight years in office.

The Joint Committee on Term Limits wants to know how limits have affected other states so they can make an attempt to lessen the effects on Missouri government.

Committee co-chairman Rep. Ted Farnen says he thinks limits affect the balance of power.

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Contents: Rep. Ted Farnen says the committee needs to look into the effect of term limits on the role of legislature in relation to the role of the executive. He thinks that with the new faces in the house this relationship will be affected.

The committee will make recommendations to the legislature in January.

From the state capitol, I'm Aaron Cummins.


A committee of legislators will try to find out what effect term limits will have on Missouri government. Aaron Cummins has that story from Jefferson City--

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In 2002, more than 60 percent of Missouri legislators will not be able to run for reelection -- They will have reached their 8 year limit.

The Joint Committee on Term Limits is trying to see if the infusion of new legislators will affect the balance of power in the capitol.

Co-chair of the committee Rep. Ted Farnen says he thinks the power may shift to the governor's office because of the inexperience of new legislators.

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Contents: Rep. Farnen says he thinks even supporters of term limits would admit that both houses are going to lose some fine legislators.

The committee will make recommendations to the legislature during the January session.

From the state capitol, I'm Aaron Cummins