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Term Limits at a Glance

Updated June 2, 1998

So far, 18 states limit the terms of state lawmakers. While some limits won't take effect until 2008, this year more than 200 current legislators across the country will be forced from office. Three other states--Massachusetts, Nebraska and Washington--have also passed term limit laws, but their state Supreme Courts annulled the restrictions.

State Year
Enacted
Limit
(House)
Year of
Impact
(House)
Limit
(Senate)
Year of
Impact
(Senate)
Passage
Arizona 1992 8 2000 8 2000 74.2%
Arkansas 1992 6 1998 8 2002 59.9%
California 1990 6 1996 8 1998 52.2%
Colorado 1990 8 1998 8 2000 71%
Florida 1992 8 2000 8 2000 76.8%
Idaho 1994 8 2004 8 2004 59.4%
Louisiana 1995 12 2007 12 2007 76%
Maine 1993 8 1996 8 1996 67.6%
Michigan 1992 6 1998 8 2002 58.8%
Missouri* 1992 8 2002 8 2002 75%
Montana 1992 8 2000 8 2000 67%
Nevada 1994 12 2008 12 2008 70.4%
Ohio 1992 8 2000 8 2000 68.4%
Oklahoma 1990 12 2004 12 2004 67.3%
Oregon 1992 6 1998 8 2002 69.6%
South Dakota 1992 8 2000 8 2000 63.5%
Utah 1994 12 2006 12 2006 passed
Wyoming 1992 12 2006 12 2006 77.2%

* Term limits will go into effect in 2001 for five current House members and one Senator in 1998 because of special elections.

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures

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