Recently both Louisiana State Representatives representing Winn Parish Jack McFarland (13th District) and Gabe Firment (22nd District) received recognition from the U.S. Term Limits Organization as champions of term limits.
“I fully support reasonable term limits. There is a happy medium that allows new people with fresh ideas to get elected while also allowing elected officials to have terms long enough to gain seniority and move initiatives through,” stated McFarland.
The award was in recognition of support by both reps for HCR51 which is scheduled for floor debate today. HCR51 sponsored by Mark Wright (District 77) and co-sponsored by Michael Echols (District 14) calls for Louisiana to join a convention to amend the United States Constitution to establish a limitation on terms for members of the U.S. Congress.
According to its website U.S. Term Limits (USTL), based out of Washington, D.C., advocates for term limits at all levels of government. Since it was established in the early 1990s, USTL has assisted in enacting and defending term limits on state legislatures in 15 states as well as congressional term limits in 23 states. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in U.S. Term Limits v. Thornton that states may not individually enact term limits for their members of Congress and the popular and hard-won congressional term limits never went into effect.
In 2016, USTL launched the Term Limits Convention, a new project to enact a constitutional amendment for congressional term limits. Under this approach, state legislators can enact term limits for Congress in Washington and no member of Congress can stop them.
To read more about the USTL Term Limits Convention effort click here.
“I fully support HCR51 which would memorialize Congress to call a convention of states for the purpose of subjecting the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to term limits. Congressional term limits will purge Washington D.C. of entrenched career politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden, and will allow regular citizens to run for office and represent the people back home instead of corrupt special interests. The citizens of Louisiana overwhelmingly support term limits as a way to drain the swamp and bring integrity, transparency, and accountability to our nation’s capital” said District 22 Rep Gabe Firment.
You can check the status of LA HCR51 here.