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Term Limits Group Forms Utah Chapter To Push For Constitutional Amendment

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A national group focused on enacting congressional term limits has launched a Utah chapter.


Justin Anderson is the new state director of U.S. Term Limits, a D.C.-based nonprofit working to impose term restrictions on members of Congress.


Anderson says Utah is a natural fit for the group, which has been active in states across the country working on term limit legislation.


“It’s the perfect timing for Utah, especially with Sen. [Orrin] Hatch who’s been in office for 40 years now, and has expressed interest in running for an additional six-year term," he says.


The two most viable paths to enact term limits are either for Congress to impose them on themselves — an unlikely scenario — or for 34 state legislatures to come together and approve a new amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  


Anderson says their organization is working to get state legislatures like Utah to pass a resolution to agree to an Article V Convention.


He says in most polls, voters consistently support the issue.


"Congress has a re-election rate above 90 percent, while their approval rating, at best, is 20 percent," he says. "And so there’s this major disconnect with those statistics as well as that 3 in 4 Americans support term limits.”


Anderson is the current vice-chair of the Utah County Democratic Party, though he points out that the U.S. Term Limits organization is nonpartisan.


He says part of his work besides lobbying will be to conduct an education tour in cities and college campuses across the state to build support for their movement.


Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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