JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers could soon have more flexibility in deciding how many years they serve in each of the Legislature's chambers.
Currently, state lawmakers generally are limited to eight years in the House and eight years in the Senate. The House Elections Committee endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment Tuesday that would allow lawmakers to serve 16 years in the state legislature, either the House or the Senate.
Initially, the proposed constitutional amendment would have allowed lawmakers to serve up to 12 years in each chamber. But the House Elections Committee made changes. Committee chairman Tony Dugger, a Republican from Hartville, said the new 16-year proposal is closer to what voters would want.
If approved by the legislature, the bill would go to voters in November.