Two Arkansas Groups Tired of Term Limits

MARCH 30, 2004 - Posted at 7:36 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Two groups say they have had enough of term limits for legislators in Arkansas.

The state Chamber of Commerce-Associated Industries of Arkansas is organizing groups representing wide-ranging public and private interests to back a legislative proposal to change Amendment 73.

Passed by voters in 1992, Amendment 73 limits state representatives to three two-year terms and state senators to two four-year terms.

Proposed Amendment One, referred by the Legislature to the November general election ballot, would allow House members to serve six two-year terms and allow state senators to serve three four-year terms.

Chamber President Ron Russell says his group will work to pass the measure.  The Arkansas Farm Bureau says it will support the measure, too.

Critics say the term-limits rule forces out legislators just as they have learned the legislative process.

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