Nebraska Term Limits Amendment, Amendment 3 (2012)

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Type:Legislative referral
Constitution:Nebraska Constitution
Topic:Term limits

The Nebraska Term Limits Amendment, also known as Amendment 3, was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in Nebraska as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The proposed measure would have raised state legislative term limits to three consecutive terms; the limit had been two. The proposal was introduced by state Senator Tom Carlson.[1]

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
Nebraska Amendment 3
Defeatedd No481,57464.66%
Yes 263,394 35.34%
Official results are from the Nebraska Secretary of State.

Text of measure

The official ballot text read as follows:[2]

Proposed Amendment No. 3

A vote FOR this constitutional amendment would change the number of terms a member of the Legislature may serve from two consecutive four year terms to three consecutive four year terms.
A vote AGAINST this constitutional amendment would retain two consecutive four year terms as the number of terms a member of the Legislature may serve.

A constitutional amendment to change the limit on legislative terms to three consecutive terms.




  • Russ Pankonin, co-publisher of the Imperial Republican, wrote in support of the amendment arguing that the first term of a state legislator's career was spent "learning the ropes" and that constituents benefited from that experience in subsequent terms. He further argued that voters are not giving up term limits by expanding them because they can still vote anyone out of office after their first or second terms.[3]


No formal opposition was identified.

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Nebraska State Constitution

In order to qualify a proposed measure to the statewide ballot, 60% of the members of the Nebraska State Legislature must vote in approval.

On Thursday, February 23, 2012, the state legislature passed the amendment through its first round of debate on a 30-12 vote.[1]

On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, the amendment passed its final reading on a vote of 31-14-4 and was moved to the ballot.[4][5]

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