HR 28 - State elected officials; term limitations - CA

Georgia House of Representatives - 1995/1996 Sessions

HR 28 - State elected officials; term limitations - CA

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HR 28 LC 9 7945 A RESOLUTION 1- 1 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to provide 1- 2 for limitations on the number of consecutive full terms of 1- 3 office which may be served by members of the House of 1- 4 Representatives and the Senate of the State of Georgia, the 1- 5 Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary of State, 1- 6 the Attorney General, the State School Superintendent, the 1- 7 Commissioner of Insurance, the Commissioner of Agriculture, 1- 8 the Commissioner of Labor, and members of the Public Service 1- 9 Commission; to change the terms of office of members of the 1-10 General Assembly; to change certain provisions relating to 1-11 the organization of the General Assembly; to provide for the 1-12 submission of this amendment for ratification or rejection; 1-13 and for other purposes. 1-14 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. 1-15 Article III, Section II, Paragraph V of the Constitution is 1-16 amended by striking subparagraph (a) and inserting in its 1-17 place a new subparagraph (a) to read as follows: 1-18 "(a)(1) Effective with members elected for terms 1-19 beginning in 1997 or thereafter, the The members of the 1-20 General Assembly shall be elected by the qualified 1-21 electors of their respective districts for a term of two 1-22 four years and shall serve until the time fixed for the 1-23 convening of the next General Assembly. 1-24 (2) No member of the House of Representatives of the 1-25 State of Georgia who has been elected to three 1-26 consecutive full four-year terms of office which began 1-27 on or after January 1, 1997, shall again be eligible to 1-28 hold office as a member of the House of Representatives 1-29 of the State of Georgia until after the expiration of 1-30 four years from the conclusion of that person's last 1-31 term of office. 1-32 (3) No member of the Senate of the State of Georgia 1-33 who has been elected to three consecutive full four-year 1-34 terms of office which began on or after January 1, 1997, 1-35 shall again be eligible to hold office as a member of -1- (Index) LC 9 7945 2- 1 the Senate of the State of Georgia until after the 2- 2 expiration of four years from the conclusion of that 2- 3 person's last term of office." SECTION 2. 2- 4 Article III, Section IV, Paragraph I of the Constitution, 2- 5 relating to meeting, time limit, and adjournment of the 2- 6 General Assembly, is amended by striking subparagraph (a) of 2- 7 Paragraph I, which reads as follows: 2- 8 "(a) The Senate and House of Representatives shall 2- 9 organize each odd-numbered year and shall be a different 2-10 General Assembly for each two-year period. The General 2-11 Assembly shall meet in regular session on the second 2-12 Monday in January of each year, or otherwise as provided 2-13 by law, and may continue in session for a period of no 2-14 longer than 40 days in the aggregate each year. By 2-15 concurrent resolution, the General Assembly may adjourn 2-16 any regular session to such later date as it may fix for 2-17 reconvening. Separate periods of adjournment may be fixed 2-18 by one or more such concurrent resolutions.", 2-19 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new 2-20 subparagraph (a) to read as follows: 2-21 "(a) The Senate and House of Representatives shall 2-22 organize every four years beginning in 1997 and shall be a 2-23 different General Assembly for each four-year period. The 2-24 General Assembly shall meet in regular session on the 2-25 second Monday in January of each year, or otherwise as 2-26 provided by law, and may continue in session for a period 2-27 of no longer than 40 days in the aggregate each year. By 2-28 concurrent resolution, the General Assembly may adjourn 2-29 any regular session to such later date as it may fix for 2-30 reconvening. Separate periods of adjournment may be fixed 2-31 by one or more such concurrent resolutions. Bills pending 2-32 at the final adjournment of the regular session in each 2-33 odd-numbered year shall be carried forward to the regular 2-34 session in the following even-numbered year. Bills 2-35 pending at the final adjournment of the regular session in 2-36 even-numbered years shall not be carried forward." SECTION 3. 2-37 Article IV, Section I, Paragraph I of the Constitution is 2-38 amended by striking subparagraph (a) and inserting in its 2-39 place a new subparagraph (a) to read as follows: -2- (Index) LC 9 7945 3- 1 "(a) There shall be a Public Service Commission for the 3- 2 regulation of utilities which shall consist of five 3- 3 members who shall be elected by the people. The 3- 4 Commissioners in office on June 30, 1983, shall serve 3- 5 until December 31 after the general election at which the 3- 6 successor of each member is elected. Thereafter, all 3- 7 succeeding terms of members shall be for six years. No 3- 8 member who has been elected to three consecutive full 3- 9 six-year terms of office which began on or after January 3-10 1, 1997, as a member of the Public Service Commission 3-11 shall again be eligible to hold office as a member of that 3-12 body until after the expiration of six years from the 3-13 conclusion of that person's last term of office. Members 3-14 shall serve until their successors are elected and 3-15 qualified. A chairman shall be selected by the members of 3-16 the commission from its membership." SECTION 4. 3-17 Article V, Section I of the Constitution is amended by 3-18 striking Paragraph I and inserting in its place a new 3-19 Paragraph I to read as follows: 3-20 "Paragraph I. Governor: term of office; compensation 3-21 and allowances. There shall be a Governor who shall hold 3-22 office for a term of four years and until a successor 3-23 shall be chosen and qualified. Persons holding the office 3-24 of Governor may succeed themselves for one four-year term 3-25 of office. Persons who have held the office of Governor 3-26 and have succeeded themselves as hereinbefore provided 3-27 shall not again be eligible to be elected to that office 3-28 until after the expiration of four years from the 3-29 conclusion of their term as Governor. The compensation 3-30 and allowances of the Governor shall be as provided by 3-31 law." SECTION 5. 3-32 Article V, Section I of the Constitution is amended by 3-33 striking Paragraph III and inserting in its place a new 3-34 Paragraph III to read as follows: 3-35 "Paragraph III. Lieutenant Governor. There shall be a 3-36 Lieutenant Governor, who shall be elected at the same 3-37 time, for the same term, and in the same manner as the 3-38 Governor. A person who has been elected to three 3-39 consecutive full four-year terms of office which began on 3-40 or after January 1, 1997, as Lieutenant Governor shall not 3-41 again be eligible to hold such office until after the -3- (Index) LC 9 7945 4- 1 expiration of four years from the conclusion of that 4- 2 person's last term of office. The Lieutenant Governor 4- 3 shall be the President of the Senate and shall have such 4- 4 executive duties as prescribed by the Governor and as may 4- 5 be prescribed by law not inconsistent with the powers of 4- 6 the Governor or other provisions of this Constitution. 4- 7 The compensation and allowances of the Lieutenant Governor 4- 8 shall be as provided by law." SECTION 6. 4- 9 Article V, Section III of the Constitution is amended by 4-10 striking Paragraph I and inserting in its place a new 4-11 Paragraph I to read as follows: 4-12 "Paragraph I. Other executive officers, how elected. 4-13 The Secretary of State, Attorney General, State School 4-14 Superintendent, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of 4-15 Agriculture, and Commissioner of Labor shall be elected in 4-16 the manner prescribed for the election of members of the 4-17 General Assembly and the electors shall be the same. Such 4-18 executive officers shall be elected at the same time and 4-19 hold their offices for the same term as the Governor. No 4-20 person who has been elected to three consecutive full 4-21 four-year terms of office which began on or after January 4-22 1, 1997, as Secretary of State, Attorney General, State 4-23 School Superintendent, Commissioner of Insurance, 4-24 Commissioner of Agriculture, or Commissioner of Labor 4-25 shall again be eligible to hold the office in which that 4-26 person last so served until after the expiration of four 4-27 years from the conclusion of that person's last term of 4-28 office." SECTION 7. 4-29 The above proposed amendment to the Constitution shall be 4-30 published and submitted as provided in Article X, Section I, 4-31 Paragraph II of the Constitution. 4-32 The ballot submitting the above proposed amendment shall 4-33 have written or printed thereon the following: 4-34 "( ) YES Shall the Constitution be amended so as to 4-35 provide that persons who have held the office 4-36 ( ) NO of Governor shall not again be eligible to be 4-37 elected to that office until after the 4-38 expiration of four years from the conclusion 4-39 of their term as Governor; to provide that no 4-40 person who has been elected to three -4- (Index) LC 9 7945 5- 1 consecutive full four-year terms of office as 5- 2 a member of the Georgia House of 5- 3 Representatives shall again be eligible to 5- 4 hold such office until four years have expired 5- 5 from the end of the third such term; to 5- 6 provide that no person who has been elected to 5- 7 three consecutive full four-year terms of 5- 8 office as a member of the Georgia Senate shall 5- 9 again be eligible to hold such office until 5-10 four years have expired from the end of the 5-11 third such term; to change the terms of office 5-12 of members of the House of Representatives and 5-13 Senate from two years to four years; to change 5-14 certain provisions relating to the 5-15 organization of the General Assembly; to 5-16 provide that no person who has been elected to 5-17 three consecutive full four-year terms of 5-18 office as the Lieutenant Governor, Secretary 5-19 of State, Attorney General, State School 5-20 Superintendent, Commissioner of Insurance, 5-21 Commissioner of Agriculture, or Commissioner 5-22 of Labor shall again be eligible to hold such 5-23 office until four years have expired from the 5-24 end of the third such term; and to provide 5-25 that no person who has been elected to three 5-26 consecutive full six-year terms of office as a 5-27 member of the Public Service Commission shall 5-28 again be eligible to hold such office until 5-29 six years have expired from the end of the 5-30 third such term?" 5-31 All persons desiring to vote in favor of ratifying the 5-32 proposed amendment shall vote "Yes." All persons desiring 5-33 to vote against ratifying the proposed amendment shall vote 5-34 "No." 5-35 If such amendment shall be ratified as provided in said 5-36 Paragraph of the Constitution, it shall become a part of the 5-37 Constitution of this state. -5- (Index)

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