Nevada U.S. Congressional Term Limits, Question 17 (1998)

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The Nevada U.S. Congressional Term Limits Question, also known as Question 17, was an initiated constitutional amendment on the November 3, 1998 election ballot in Nevada, where it was approved.

This was the second vote on proposed amendment, the first being in 1996. The amendment took effect with the second approval by voters.

Election results

Question 17 (U.S. Congressional Term Limits)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 224,603 56.7%
No171,24243.3%

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:

EXPLANATION
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]

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