Missouri Legislature calls for constitutional convention

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri has formally called for a national convention to add congressional term limits to the U.S. Constitution.

The resolution, approved by the House Tuesday and the Senate Thursday in a 24-6 vote, makes Missouri one of the first states to call for an Article V Convention of the States. The convention won’t happen unless legislatures in two thirds of all states join the call, and any amendments that came out of a convention would need to be approved by three fourths of all legislatures.

Proponents say term limits in the U.S. House and Senate would be a good check on power.

Opponents say term limits cripple lawmakers’ ability to gain valuable experience.

If no convention is called within five years, Missouri’s resolution would expire.

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