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Michigan Term Limits Amendment, Proposal B (1992)

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A Michigan State Office Amendment, Proposal B was on the November 1992 ballot in Michigan as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved.
  • Yes: 2,295,904 (58.7%)Approveda
  • No: 1,613,404 (41.3%)

Proposal B restricted the number of times a person can be elected to congressional, state executive and state legislative offices.

Constitutional changes

Proposal B created Section 54 of Article IV of the Michigan Constitution, which says:

Limitations on Terms of Office of State Legislators

No person shall be elected to the office of state representative more than three times. No person shall be elected to the office of state senate more than two times. Any person appointed or elected to fill a vacancy in the house of representatives or the state senate for a period greater than one half of a term of such office, shall be considered to have been elected to serve one time in that office for purposes of this section. This limitation on the number of times a person shall be elected to office shall apply to terms of office beginning on or after January 1, 1993.

This section shall be self-executing. Legislation may be enacted to facilitate operation of this section, but no law shall limit or restrict the application of this section. If any part of this section is held to be invalid or unconstitutional, the remaining parts of this section shall not be affected but will remain in full force and effect.

Aftermath

In February 2010 Former Michigan Govs. James Blanchard and John Engler spoke out against the 1992 voter-approved term limit measure. Engler, who initially supported the amendment, said term limits had been "disatrous" and added,"I wish it was undone." Blanchard reiterated Engler's point, he said lawmakers "are not in Lansing long enough to build up relationships of trust."[1][2]

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References

  1. The Detroit News,"Blanchard, Engler agree term limits were bad idea," February 25, 2010
  2. The Detroit News,"Ex-govs blast term limits, constitutional convention," February 26, 2010