Term limits were approved by Missouri voters back in 1992 and took full effect after 2002. A new study finds that those changes have not had much of an impact on the demographic makeup of the General Assembly. St. Louis Public Radio's State Capitol reporter Marshall Griffin spoke with the author of the report, Dr. David Valentine with the University of Missouri's Institute of Public Policy.
Term limits are a controversial topic in Missouri and there are persuasive cases both for and against them. Currently, the Missouri constitution limits state senators to two four-year terms and state representatives to four two-year terms.
Missouri voters could get to decide whether to impose term limits on all executive officeholders under a proposal endorsed by the state Senate.
The proposed constitutional amendment would limit the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and auditor to serving two, four-year terms. A similar limit already is in place for Missouri's governor and treasurer. State lawmakers also are subject to term limits.
Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says the House should not pass legislation that would allow changes to the state's term limits for lawmakers.
Lawmakers currently are allowed to serve about eight years in the House and eight years in the Senate. A proposed constitutional amendment passed by the Senate last month would allow lawmakers to serve 16 years total, with all that time either spent in one chamber or split among the two.