Missouri Senate endorses expansion of term limits

Monday, February 20, 2012 | 5:35 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri voters could get to decide whether to impose term limits on all executive officeholders under a proposal endorsed by the state Senate.

The proposed constitutional amendment would limit the lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and auditor to serving two terms, each lasting four years. A similar limit is already in place for Missouri's governor and treasurer. State lawmakers also are subject to term limits.

Senators endorsed the expansion of term limits by a voice vote on Monday. If the proposal also passes the Senate on a second vote and clears the state House of Representatives, it would appear on the statewide ballot later this year.

The measure is sponsored by Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, who is challenging Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in this year's elections. Kinder is seeking a third term.