State Rep. Johnny Garrett (District 45) was honored with a plaque for his support of term limits on Congress. U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the nation’s oldest and largest pro-term limits group, presented the distinction to Garrett at the Tennessee capitol earlier this week.
Aaron Dukette of USTL gave the representative the “Champion of Term Limits” wood plaque which reads, “In recognition of a steadfast commitment to restore citizen government through term limits.”
Garrett has pledged to support House Joint Resolution 8 (HJR8) which successfully passed through the lower chamber earlier this month. The convention bill does not set the specific length of term limits, rather, it simply starts a discussion among the states on what the ideal term limits of Congressmembers should be.
Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, the states have more power to amend the Constitution than the Congress does. In this situation, Congress would have a conflict of interest to propose term limits on itself. Recognizing this, the founders assured the states could both propose and ratify amendments without the approval of Congress. HJR8 leverages this power so the states may act in the best interest of the people.
HJR8 must be approved by the state senate in order for Tennessee to be counted in the states calling for a term limits convention.
Once the amendment is proposed by either Congress or the states at a national convention, it must be ratified by 38 states.