Amending the 17th Amendment

115th CONGRESS
1ST Session        


Proposing an amendment to the 17th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States to set reporting requirements for Senators.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January --, 2019
Mr. Turner introduced the following resolution;
RESOLUTION
Proposing an amendment to the 17th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States to set reporting requirements for Senators.

 

 

115th CONGRESS
1ST Session

 

 


Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of consecutive terms that a Member of Congress may serve.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January --, 2019
Mr. Turner introduced the following resolution;
RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of consecutive terms that a Member of Congress may serve.
1     Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress 
2     assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an
3     amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes 
4     as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States
5     within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:
1                                                                                  “ARTICLE –
2         “SECTION 1.  No person who has been a Senator for two consecutive terms shall again be eligible 
3     for election or appointment to the Senate.
4         “SECTION 2.  No person who has been a Representative for Six consecutive terms shall again be 
5     eligible for election to the House of Representatives.
6         “SECTION 3.  For purposes of this article, any term a person serves as a Senator or Representative
7     to fill a vacancy shall be included in determining the number of consecutive terms that the person has
8     been a Senator or  Representative.  
9         “SECTION 4.  For the purposes of this article, total time previously served as a Senator or 
10    Representative before the date of ratification of this article shall be included in determining the 
11    number of consecutive terms that a person has been a Senator or Representative.  If total number of 
12    consecutive terms has exceeded limits set in SECTIONS 1 AND 2 of this Article at time of ratification 
13    of this Article Senators and Representatives will serve out each person’s current term and not  
14    again be eligible for election to the Senate or House of Representatives.
15      "SECTION 5.  For the purposes of this article, no person shall serve in Congress for a period that 
16    exceeds 24 years; 12 years as a Representative and 12 years as a Senator.
17      "SECTION 7.  For the purposes of this article, broken terms shall be counted in total terms served 
18    and in no wise be construed to extend total years a person can serve as a member of Congress.

1     Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress 
2     assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an

3     amendment to the 17th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to 
4     all intents and purposes  as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths 
5     of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:
1                                                                               “ARTICLE –
2       "SECTION 1. The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each 
3     State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The
4     electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous 
5     branch of the State legislatures.
6      "SECTION 2. When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the 
7     executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, 
8     that the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary 
9     appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.
10      "SECTION 3.  Senators will report in person to their respective states senate body semi-
11    annually, schedule as set by each respective states senate body.  Reports will include 
12    all legislative matters taken up in that period, including votes cast for and against and 
13    reasoning behind each vote, and all upcoming legislative matters to be taken up in the next 
14    reporting cycle. Senators will report on any other matters as required by each respective states
15    senate body.
16      "SECTION 4.  Senators will report to the electors monthly utilizing mail and/or internet a 
17    newsletter containing all legislatives matters taken up in that period, including votes cast for 
18    and against and reasoning behind each vote.
19      "SECTION 5.  Senators will conduct town hall meetings in each House of Representatives 
20    districts on a minimum of once a year during scheduled recesses.
21      "SECTION 6.  RECALLS.  Senators are subject to recall upon recommendation of each 
22    respective states Governor, with concurrence of two-thirds vote in each respective states 
23    House of Representatives and Senate bodies.  Each respective state will then issue a writ of
24    recall published to the states electors explaining reasons for recall.  The electors of each 
25    respective state will decide through a special referendum to be conducted by the state within 
26   30 days of recommendation of recall final passage of recall.
27      "SECTION 7. For purposes of this article, failure to report or conduct town hall meetings will 
28    initiate recall proceedings.
29      "SECTION 8.  For purposes of this article, a petition signed by fifty thousand of a 
30    states qualified voting public will serve in lieu of the executive authority and legislative
31    concurrence for purposes of recall. The executive authority will publish the writ of recall
32    to the states electors explaining the reasons for recall.
33      "SECTION 9.  For purposes of this article, Section 2 of this article will apply upon passage
34    of recall. 
35    This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator 
36    chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.

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