Resolution Filed To Impose Term Limits for Congress
April 06, 2023
Alaska House Joint Resolution (HJR1) requeststhe United States Congress to call a convention of the states to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to set a limit on the number of terms that a person may be elected as a member of the United States House of Representatives and as a member of the United States Senate; and urging the legislatures of the other 49 states to request the United States Congress to call a convention of the states.
Alaska House Joint Resolution (HJR1) is spearheaded by U.S. Term Limits (U.S.T.L.), the only national nonprofit focused solely on term limits. HJR13 is being sponsored by Reps. Tom McKay (R-Anchorage) and Frank Tomaszewski (R-Fairbanks). According to www.termlimits.org, there are four Alaska state lawmakers in the current legislature who have committed their support to this resolution by signing the term limits pledge.
Philip Blumel, the president of U.S.T.L [U.S. Term Limits] commended Reps. McKay and Tomaszewski for working on this important electoral reform. Blumel said, “The people of Alaska are lucky to have public servants who see what is going on in D.C. and are willing to take action to fix it. By using Article V to term limit Congress, the states can restore citizen representation on Capitol Hill.”
According to the most recent poll by Voice Broadcasting, 88% of 1,299 registered voters surveyed in Alaska favor a constitutional amendment that would place term limits on members of Congress. In addition, a majority (90%) of the 1,299 voters surveyed would want their state senator or representative to vote yes if an amendment for term limits on Congress was proposed.
If HJR13 passes both chambers of the Alaska State Legislature this session, Alaska would be able to join other states calling for a convention exclusively to propose term limits on the U.S. Congress. It will take 34 state legislatures to apply for the convention and approve the term limits amendment language, it then must be ratified by 38 states to become part of the U.S. Constitution.
The survey of 1,299 registered voters in Alaska was conducted by Voice Broadcasting December 9, 2021. All respondents were contacted using automated phone polling techniques.