< Back to H.J.Res. 368 (103rd Congress, 1993–1994)

Text of Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing for 4-year terms for Members of the House of ...

...the House of Representatives.

This resolution was introduced on May 20, 1994, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of May 20, 1994 (Introduced).

Download PDF

Source: GPO

HJ 368 IH

103d CONGRESS

2d Session

H. J. RES. 368

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing for 4-year terms for Members of the House of Representatives.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 20, 1994

Mr. HUTTO (for himself, Mr. TAYLOR of Mississippi, Ms. HARMAN, Mr. MCCURDY, Mr. MONTGOMERY, Mr. ORTIZ, Mr. LAUGHLIN, Mr. LIGHTFOOT, Mr. CALLAHAN, Mr. STUMP, Mr. EVERETT, Mr. GIBBONS, Mr. ROTH, Mr. MARTINEZ, and Mr. SOLOMON) introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing for 4-year terms for Members of the House of Representatives.

    Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, to be valid only if ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within 7 years after the date of final passage of this joint resolution:

‘Article--

    ‘SECTION 1. The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen by the people of the several States, and the electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislature. The term of office of Representatives shall be 4 years, except that in the case of Representatives elected from odd-numbered districts the term of office of the first incumbents elected following a reapportionment of Representatives shall be 2 years and in the case of Representatives elected from even-numbered districts the term of office of the last incumbents elected before a reapportionment of Representatives shall be 2 years.

    ‘SECTION 2. Districts for the election of Representatives from each State, whether composed of the whole or a part thereof, shall be numbered consecutively, beginning with the first, and corresponding to the number of Representatives to which such State is entitled.

    ‘SECTION 3. Section 1 of this article shall apply with respect to terms of office of Representatives beginning after the first reapportionment of Representatives after the ratification of this article.

    ‘SECTION 4. A Representative who officially declares candidacy for another elected office of which the term begins before the end of that Representative’s term of office as Representative shall resign from the office of Representative at the time of the declaration.

    ‘SECTION 5. The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.’.