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Dunahoo sponsors legislation asking for congressional term limits
Emory Dunahoo

A resolution sponsored by state Rep. Emory Dunahoo, R-Gainesville, is asking the U.S. Congress to consider term limits for U.S. representatives and U.S. senators, part of an effort to get 34 states on board.

According to Article V of the U.S. Constitution, a convention can be held to propose an amendment to the Constitution if two-thirds of the state’s legislatures sign on. So far, 12 states have passed resolutions calling for a convention to evaluate term limits.

Dunahoo named the recent federal government shutdown as an example of the negative effects of some lawmakers’ unwillingness to compromise.

“It hurts a lot of people throughout this country when decisions are made by just a handful of people,” Dunahoo said. “…It’s time that somebody holds them accountable or at least lets them know we are going to hold them accountable.”

The resolution, which was introduced Tuesday, does not specify what term limits should be but rather calls for a convention to consider an amendment.

“It’s for discussion, for every state that passes this resolution to come to the table to make sure that Congress and our Senate understands that they are there to represent the people,” Dunahoo said.

The resolution is sponsored by six state representatives, four Republicans and two Democrats. James Alvarado, Georgia state director for the advocacy group U.S. Term Limits, said term limits are often a point of agreement between both parties.

“I feel like both parties and just the American people in general are just fed up with career politicians on both sides of the aisle,” Alvarado said.

U.S. representatives can serve unlimited two-year terms, while U.S. senators can serve unlimited six-year terms.