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MICHIGAN CITIZENS TO VOTE ON TERM LIMITS; BOARD OF CANVASSERS TO CERTIFY TERM LIMIT PETITIONS

 MICHIGAN CITIZENS TO VOTE ON TERM LIMITS;
 BOARD OF CANVASSERS TO CERTIFY TERM LIMIT PETITIONS
 LANSING, Mich., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan Bureau of Elections stated that the random sample of signatures for the initiative to limit politicians' terms is sufficient to advise the Michigan Board of Canvassers to certify the initiative for the November ballot. The Michigan Board of Canvassers will vote on certifying the 400,000 signatures on April 6. The Campaign to Limit Politicians' Terms turned the signatures over to the state on Dec. 16, 1991.
 It is anticipated that some 17 states will have term limits on their ballots in 1992. Proposals have already qualified for the ballots in the states of South Dakota and Wyoming. All of the initiatives are similar in that they limit both state and federal legislators and that they are not retroactive.
 Glenn Steil, chairman of the campaign, stated, "Forty years ago, we limited the presidential terms. At the time, Harry Truman suggested we go ahead and limit congressional terms. He said that limiting terms would 'help cure senility and seniority -- both terrible legislative diseases.' By placing term limits on the November ballot, we are giving Michigan voters the chance to follow Truman's advice."
 The Michigan initiative will place limits on the following Michigan offices:
 -- U.S. senators: two terms in a 24-year period
 -- U.S. representatives: three terms in a 12-year period
 -- State senators: two terms
 -- State representatives: three terms
 -- Executive branch (governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general): two terms.
 Once the initiative receives a majority vote, it will become law on Jan. 1, 1993. All public officials will be treated as first-term legislators as of that date.
 Those interested in volunteering or contributing to the campaign should call 1-800-272-1011.
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 /CONTACT: Detroit area -- Bruce Elder (Rochester), 313-652-7575; Dominick Vincentini (Oxford), 313-589-6774 or 313-628-7212; Kuhlman Fluehr (Bloomfield Hills), 313-644-0398; Harry Veryser (Mount Clemens), 313-293-3500; Joseph Turinsky (Allen Park), 313-386-7468 or 313-386-1160; Lansing area -- W.C. Fletke, 517-321-8126; Saginaw/Flint area -- Allan C. Schmid (Saginaw), 517-799-4641; Grand Rapids area -- Glenn D. Steil (Grand Rapids), 616-940-1772; Terri Land (Grandville), 616-531-5263 or 616-538-2015; or Grand Traverse area -- Gil Zeigler (Traverse City), 616-258-4906, all of the Campaign to Limit Politicians' Terms/ CO: Campaign to Limit Politicians' Terms ST: Michigan IN: SU: LEG


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