Government Reform - Term Limits
"In March 1998, the Supreme Court let stand term limits for state lawmakers, permitting California,
which has some of the country's strictest tenure restrictions, to continue enforcing them."
"Some states have even tried to limit the terms of their members of Congress. In 1995, however, the Supreme Court ruled
that letting states establish such restrictions would violate the Constitution and weaken Congress's national character.
The only way to limit congressional terms is to amend the Constitution, the court ruled." Term Limits Special Report.
Susan Heavey, Washington Post
Federal Election Commission - information
Not everyone agrees with term limits.
Common Cause and the League of Women Voters are two prominent national organizations that oppose term limits.
Read - Real Term Limits: Now More Than Ever, Doug Bandow, The Cato Institute. 1995
Conduct a survey of your class. Do you think term limits for elected officials leads to better government?
Which elected offices in your state have term limits? What are the limits?
Which national elected offices have term limits? What are the limits?
What consequence does the current status of this issue, in your state, have for the common citizen?
How long should an elected official be permitted to serve in one office?
Are there term limits on officers of your school's Student Council? Should there be? (Consult the bylaws)
Write a letter to the editor regarding this issue to one of the local media sources in your community. Tell them how you feel about term limits and what you believe should be done about it. Endeavor to cite specific examples. Alternatively, you can write to someone who represents you at the local level.
Your challenges include: finding their address, identifying any word count limit they impose, using the correct salutation including title, as well as, following appropriate business letter writing format.
*Many national and state elected officials have an email form/link in their web site. It is reasonable to use this, in lieu of paper and postage, but format and style expectations remain the same. Write the letter in word processing. Edit it as needed. Then copy .. paste it into the email form. Some have a maximum character limit to emails. If that is the case, write the formal letter. Then drop the address heading and date from the email.
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"Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote." George Jean Nathan
Can a letter make a difference?
Kids’ letter campaign spells end for green beans | Picking Letters, 10 a Day, That Reach Obama
Look into the story of Sarah Josepha Hale. Her letter writing campaign is important to us every November.
Or consider the advocacies of Anna Jarvis and Rachel Carson.
"Seventeen (17) of twenty-four (24) representatives appointed to the Speaker's Commission on Legislative Reform voted in support of term limits,
but because of Speaker O'Brien's insistence of a three-fourths super-majority, the commission failed to recommend this critical plan." Jeremy Johnson
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