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Term limits supporters speak out

May 3, 2000
By: Aaron Cummins
State Capital Bureau
Links: SJR 31

Term limit supporters spoke out against a Senate-approved plan to ask voters to extend term limits. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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Several legislators and term limit lobbyists gathered to discuss what has become one of the top issues of this slow legislative session.

Paul Jacob is the Director of U.S. Term Limits, a pro-limits organization.

He says the claim that limits will hurt the legislative process is wrong.

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Contents: Jacob says in the information age, losing seasoned lawmakers won't hurt the legislature.

But, opponents of the limits say they will have an effect on lawmaking... and it won't be a positive one.

They say power will shift to lobbyists and the Governor.

In Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.


Just a few days after pro-term limit TV ads began running in Central Missouri, lobbyists and legislators spoke against a plan to extend the limits. Aaron Cummins has more from Jefferson City--

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The ads urge voters support the current 8 year limit.

Paul Jacob heads the company paying for the commercials.

He says a plan to ask voters to increase the limit to 12 years is a last ditch effort by lawmakers on their way out of office.

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Contents: Jacob says when term limits hit, the negative effects will be light and then there would be no way voters would approve an extension.

But, supporters of the plan say there will be negative effects on the legislature when term limits have their biggest effect in 2002.

If the limit doesn't change, more than 120 of Missouri's 197 lawmakers won't be able to run for reelection that year.

In Jefferson City, Aaron Cummins, KMOX-News.