Missouri renews call for national convention on term limits

May 10, 2022 GMT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The GOP-led Missouri Legislature on Tuesday renewed a call for a national convention to add congressional term limits to the U.S. Constitution.

The House voted 82-66 in favor of the resolution, narrowly passing it despite bipartisan opposition.

Supporters of term limits said they prevent legislators from holding on to power for too long.

Bipartisan critics argued that term-limited legislators lack institutional knowledge, giving lobbyists and other political insiders more influence.

Missouri lawmakers initially called for a national convention on congressional term limits in 2018. That resolution was set to expire in 2023.

A convention won’t happen unless legislatures in two thirds of all states join the call, and any amendments that came out of a convention would need to be approved by three fourths of all legislatures.