New Version of Term Limits (With a Reset Button) Could Make November Ballot

The Ohio Ballot Board voted 4-1 this week to OK the so-called “Lifetime General Assembly Term Limits Amendment” — a proposed constitutional amendment that would establish a 16-year lifetime cap on service in the state legislature, starting Jan. 1, 2021. If approved by voters, the amendment would prevent lawmakers from jumping from House to Senate (and vice versa) to avoid term limits. But current lawmakers who aren’t term-limited this cycle would get a fresh start with 16 additional years. Here’s a summary from OMA general counsel Bricker & Eckler.

To get the proposal on the November ballot, supporters will need to gather nearly 443,000 valid signatures from at least 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties. 3/3/2020