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State of California June 2, 1998 Primary
Proposition 225
Limiting Congressional Terms.

Proposed U.S. Constitutional Amendment. Initiative Statute. Put on the Ballot by Petition Signatures.

2,689,045 / 52.9% Yes votes ...... 2,395,338 / 47.1% No votes

Infomation shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
  • Declares that the official position of the People of the State of California is that its elected officials should vote to help enact an amendment to the U.S. Constitution limiting congressional terms.
  • The proposed constitutional amendment would limit U.S. Senators to two terms and House of Representatives members to three terms.
  • Requires the California Legislature and state and federal legislators from California to use their powers to pass the amendment.
  • All candidates for federal or state legislative office who do not provide required support must be identified as non-supporters on ballot.

Fiscal Impact from the Legislative Analyst:
  • Relatively minor costs to Secretary of State to review voting records of state and federal legislators and to make certain determinations regarding ballot statements, and to counties to add certain statements to the ballot.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
Members of the California Legislature and Members of Congress from California would be instructed to vote for passage of an amendment to the United States Constitution to limit United States Senators to no more than two terms (12 years) and United States Representatives to no more than three terms (6 years). If any candidate for either house of the Legislature or for Congress does not support the proposed amendment, the ballot would indicate that fact.

A NO vote of this measure means:
Members of the California Legislature and Members of Congress from California would not be directed to support term limits for Members of Congress.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 225:

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 225:
Term Limits are pure folly, passed for greedy Corporations at our expense. With term limits, Corporations can buy Congress. Corporations will set Con- gressional spending priorities. Resist the urge to use term limits to "throw the bums out." This proposition replaces Congress with powerful, hidden self-interest groups we do not elect.

Full Text of Argument Against

Contact FOR Proposition 225:

Contact AGAINST Proposition 225:
No on 225
Sacramento City
Rights League
2509 Capitol Avenue,
Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95816

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