Ever since Ohio voters adopted term limits in a 1992 constitutional amendment, some lawmakers have extended their legislative careers by bouncing between the House and Senate.
Eight is Enough Ohio, an activist group seeking stronger term limits, is pushing a constitutional amendment to limit House and Senate members to no more than eight lifetime years in one chamber, and no more than 12 lifetime years in the General Assembly.
Currently, the limit is eight consecutive years in either chamber.
Eight is Enough Ohio Chairman Ray Warrick, who is also Warren County GOP chairman, said Ohioans want stronger term limits.
“Ohio’s term limits are weak when compared to others around the country,” said Warrick in a written statement. “And yet, our leaders still whine about them and scheme to get around them."
Eight is Enough Ohio submitted initial signatures to the Ohio Attorney General to begin the petition process.
Meanwhile, the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission is considering extending term limits to 12 years.