Term Limits in Missouri Possibly Do More Harm Than Good - State and Federal Communications

December 14, 2011  •  

Term Limits in Missouri Possibly Do More Harm Than Good

The term limits approved in Missouri in 1992 that were put into full effect in the House in 2001 and in the Senate in 2003 have been shown by a report from the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri to have had more negative than postive effects.

A post from The Thicket points out that the average within chamber tenure of Missouri legislators in 2011 is about what it was in the 1920s. Additionally, the report claims that the loss of experienced members has resulted in a loss of institutional memory and that due to the term limit, politicians are planning for their next job instead of focusing on their current position in the legislature of doing work for their constituents.

Although the term limits were put into effect to help prevent politicians from abusing their power, are the trade-offs of less focused and experienced politicians worth it?

To learn more, read New Report Says Term Limits Detrimental to Missouri Legislature by Karl Kurtz.


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