Term Limits
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Subject Matter:
Term Limits  (See Comments)

Original Filing:
N/A

Proposed Ballot Title:
Should state legislators be limited to two (2) consecutive terms in each legislative body?

Proposed Ballot Summary:
This initiative would amend the Mississippi Constitution to limit the number of consecutive terms a person can serve in the state legislature to no more than two (2) terms in the house and two (2) terms in the senate after the adoption of this amendment with terms being deemed consecutive unless separated by a full four (4) year term.

Initiative Petition:
N/A

Sponsor:
Randy Russell
Address:
764 Lakeland Drive Suite 308
Jackson MS 39216

Phone: (601) 362-5434

Status:
Defeated by voters at November 2, 1999 General Election (54.9%-45.1%).

Town Meeting Location:
N/A

Initiative Information:
The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. Initiative measures are valid for one year. During this one-year period, a petition may be circulated to place the measure on the next statewide general election ballot to allow the voters of Mississippi to determine whether the measure should become a part of the Mississippi Constitution. According to Mississippi law, for an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 107,216 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 21,443 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000. This required number of signatures represents twelve percent (12%) of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election. Signatures must be certified by county circuit clerks as belonging to registered voters in Mississippi. A completed petition should be filed with Secretary of State, together with a filing fee of $500.00. For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273, and Mississippi Code Annotated §§ 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).

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