REFERENCE TITLE: Article V convention; term limits
State of Arizona
House of Representatives
First Regular Session
Representatives Townsend: Barto, Biasiucci, Blackman, Bolick, Campbell, Carroll, Cobb, Cook, Espinoza, Finchem, Grantham, Hernandez A, Hernandez D, Kavanagh, Kern, Lawrence, Meza, Osborne, Payne, Petersen, Roberts, Shope, Stringer, Thorpe, Toma, Weninger
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
applying to the congress of the united states to call a convention for proposing an amendment to the constitution of the united states to set term limits for United States representatives and united States senators.
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Whereas, article V of the Constitution of the United States provides that Congress must call a convention for the purpose of proposing an amendment to the Constitution on application by at least two-thirds of the states demanding such action; and
Whereas, the Legislature of the State of Arizona hereby joins with other states in asserting rights and responsibilities under article V of the Constitution of the United States with regard to proposing amendments; and
Whereas, the citizens of Arizona and 22 other states, having passed statutes or state constitutional amendments limiting ballot access to congressional candidates on the basis of terms previously served in Congress, were overruled by the Supreme Court of the United States; and
Whereas, the Arizona Legislature, a body of citizen legislators, desires to restore rotation in office for members serving in the Congress of the United States.
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona, the Senate concurring:
1. That, pursuant to article V of the Constitution of the United States, the Legislature of the State of Arizona formally applies to the Congress of the United States to call a convention to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of terms a person may serve as a Member of the United States House of Representatives and as a Member of the United States Senate.
2. That this application be considered as covering the same subject matter as the applications from other states to Congress to call a convention to set a limit on the number of terms that a person may be elected to the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate, and that this application be combined with the applications of other states for the purpose of attaining the two-thirds of states necessary to require Congress to call a convention for the purpose of setting term limits on the members of Congress.
3. That this resolution constitutes a continuing application in accordance with article V of the Constitution of the United States until the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the states have made applications on the same subject.
4. That the Secretary of State of the State of Arizona transmit copies of this Resolution to the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, each Member of Congress from the State of Arizona and the presiding officer of each legislative house in each state.