Nevada U.S. Congressional Term Limits, Question 17 (1996)

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The Nevada U.S. Congressional Term Limits, also known as Question 17, was an initiated constitutional amendment on the November 5, 1996 election ballot in Nevada, where it was approved .


In accordance with Nevada law, Question 17 was again voted upon in 1998. It was approved for a second time, thereby being taken into effect.

Election results

Question 17 (U.S. Congressional Term Limits)
Approveda Yes 225,612 53.2%

Official results via: Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau - Research Division

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Shall the Nevada Constitution be amended to instruct Nevada’s Congressional delegation and members of the State Legislature to provide for term limits for members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate through action of the Congress or through a Constitutional Convention, and shall the Nevada Constitution be further amended to inform voters how their elected representatives have acted in regard to this issue?[1]

The language that appeared in the voter's guide:

Neither the U.S. constitution nor the Nevada Constitution limits the number of terms to which a person may be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate. This amendment proposes to limit a Representative to no more than three (3) terms in office or six (6) years and to limit a Senator to no more than two (2) terms in office or twelve (12) years. If a person holds one of these offices at the time of ratification of this amendment, that term will count as one of those allowed by the amendment. Members of Nevada's Congressional delegation are instructed to pass the Congressional term limits amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Nevada State Legislature is also instructed to make application to the U.S. Congress to call a Constitutional Convention for proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution. All candidates for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Nevada State Legislature would be judged on mandated criteria to determine if each worked fully to ensure the enactment of the Congressional term limits amendment. The Nevada Secretary of State would inform voters of a candidate's failure to act accordingly by placing an informational statement next to that candidate's name on the ballot.[1]
Fiscal Impact - No. The proposal to amend the Nevada Constitution would require action by Nevada's Congressional delegation, State Legislature and the Secretary of State's Office regarding term limits. The proposed requirements would have no adverse fiscal effect.[1]

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