Arkansas Lawmakers Mull 10-Year Legislative Term Limit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are considering a measure that would restrict state lawmakers to serving a maximum of 10 years in the Legislature.

The proposed amendment would impose the strictest legislative term limits in the country.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the Arkansas Term Limits ballot committee filed the proposal Thursday.

The state Supreme Court disqualified a similar proposal sponsored by the committee last October. The state’s high court determined that there weren’t enough valid signatures from registered voters on petitions.

A voter-approved measure in 2014 loosened Arkansas’ term limits and allowed lawmakers to serve 16 years in the House, Senate or a combination of both.

The National Conference of State Legislatures records show the severest term restrictions are currently in California and Oklahoma, which both limit lawmakers to serving 12 years.

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