Elections | Initiatives - 9 Term Limits


SPONSOR: Randy Russell, 764 Lakeland Drive, Suite 308, Jackson, MS 39216; 601-362-5434


BALLOT TITLE: Should state legislators be limited to two (2) consecutive terms in each legislative body?

BALLOT SUMMARY: This initiative would amend the Mississippi Constitution to limit the number of consecutive terms a person can serve in the state legislature to no more than two (2) terms in the house and two (2) terms in the senate after the adoption of this amendment with terms being deemed consecutive unless separated by a full four (4) year term.

ORIGINAL FILING: April 30, 1997

STATUS: Defeated by voters at November 2, 1999 General Election (54.9%-45.1%).

Initiative Information

The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General's Office. Initiative petitions are valid for one year. According to Mississippi law, for an initiative petition to be sufficient a minimum of 91,673 certified signatures must be gathered; with at least 18,355 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts. The number of signatures required represents 12% of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election. All signatures on the petition must be certified by county Circuit Clerks as those of registered Mississippi voters.

For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273; and Miss. Code Ann., Sections 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).