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Americans for Congressional Term Limits (ACTL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to passing an amendment to the United States Constitution limiting the number of terms members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives can serve.  ACTL seeks to amend the Constitution by convening a Convention of the states in accordance with Article V of the United States Constitution.

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What is ACTL?

ACTL is a national organization advocating for the passage an amendment to the United States Constitution limiting the number of terms a Senator and member of the House of Representatives may serve. As it is unlikely that Congress will ever limit themselves, we are pursuing a convention of the states as the means of proposing this amendment for ratification.

What does ACTL do?

ACTL is hard at work in all 50 states pushing the necessary legislation through. This is a massive effort to see at least 34 resolutions passed calling for a convention of the states and another 38 resolutions passed ratifying the amendment. There are also significant legal and administrative challenges associated with a convention, as it will be the first in history. ACTL is also working on Capitol Hill developing a coalition of support in Congress to ensure a smooth path to a convention once Congress receives applications from enough states.

How is the organization managed?

ACTL is governed by an independent, 9-member board of directors and answers to a National Advisory Board comprised of committed state legislators from all 50 states.

How is the Constitution amended?

Article V of the United States Constitution outlines the process for adding amendments.  First, an amendment has to be proposed.  There are two ways that an amendment may be proposed.  Congress, through at least a two-thirds majority vote, may propose an amendment, or the states, through their legislative bodies, may call for a convention of the states and propose the amendment there.  However the amendment is proposed, it must then be sent back to the states for ratification, which requires three-fourths of the states to vote in their legislatures to ratify the amendment.  At that point, the amendment is law.

How is ACTL advocating for the amendment to be proposed?

It is extremely unlikely that Congress will ever take action to limit itself, and in fact has failed to do so many times when given the opportunity.  Therefor, ACTL is only advocating for a convention of the states to be called in order to propose the term limits amendment.

How do the states call for a Convention?

According to Article V, two thirds, or 34, of the states must submit an application to Congress requesting that Congress call for a convention of the states.  Congress must call for the convention once it receives an application from two thirds of the states.

How will a Convention work?

A convention has never been used to propose an amendment to the Constitution, so it remains to be seen exactly how the states will decide to convene and operate the convention.  Each state, however, will ultimately send delegates who will vote at the convention either for or against the proposed amendment.  The actual procedures will be developed by the states themselves.

What happens after the Convention?

The proposed amendment will be sent to the Archivist of the United States who is charged with the responsibility of administering the ratification process.  Three-fourths of the states must vote in their legislatures to ratify the amendment in order for it to become law.

How many terms will members of Congress be limited to?

The exact number of terms Senators and members of the House will be allowed to serve will be decided on by the states themselves.  ACTL is working to ensure that a general consensus is met before the actual convention, but the details of the amendment will ultimately be decided there.

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