HELENA – The Montana Senate has endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment that would cut off lawmakers for good after 16 years in office.
The amended version of House Bill 277 would tighten term-limit provisions to prevent a state legislator from switching from the House to the Senate and back again every eight years.
The original House bill would have allowed a legislator who already has served 16 years to run again after sitting out another eight years.
A Senate committee changed that provision to limit the total time in office to 16 years. The bill with the change passed its initial vote Friday 37-13.
The House must agree with the Senate’s changes and receive at least 100 votes from both chambers before it appears on the ballot in 2014.