SJR 7 Modifies the number of members of the General Assembly and limits service in the General Assembly to sixteen years in any proportion between the House and Senate
Sponsor: Silvey
LR Number: 0639S.01I Fiscal Notes
Committee: Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics
Last Action: 2/2/2017 - Second Read and Referred S Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee Journal Page: S219
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Effective Date: Upon Voter Approval

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SJR 7 - This proposed constitutional amendment, if approved by the voters, would reduce the number of State Representatives from 163 to 120 and increase the number of Senators from 34 to 40.

Beginning with the 102nd General Assembly in 2023, the state will be divided into 40 legislative districts. Each legislative district shall have one senator and three state representatives elected at large from within such legislative district. There shall be a separate election for each state representative within a legislative district. One reapportionment commission shall be responsible for the division of the state into forty legislative districts. Currently, there are both House and Senate reapportionment commissions.

This provision is identical to SJR 26 (2016) and similar to SJR 13 (2005) and SJR 46 (2004).

This amendment would increase term limits from eight years to sixteen years total in any one house of the General Assembly. A person is still limited to sixteen years total in the General Assembly, but such person may split service between the House of Representatives and the Senate in any proportion as long as the individual serves no more than sixteen total years. No person shall run for office for either house of the General Assembly if the person would be prohibited from completing the full term in office based on the limitations of this act.

This provision is identical to SJR 26 (2016), SJR 35 (2014), HJR 4 (2013), and similar to SJR 10 (2013), SJR 43 (2012), HJR 41 (2012), the perfected version of SJR 12 (2011), HJR 70 (2010), SJR 15 (2007) and SJR 46 (2008).

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