In 2014, Montana legislators debated House Bill 601 and House Bill 639 in the State Affairs Committee. Both bills would have doubled term limits to 16 years in one seat.

THREAT LEVEL:     DEFEATED. Thanks for your hard work!



Montana’s term limits law survived its first attempt at a repeal in 2004, when 70 percent of voters voted against a measure that would have repealed term limits on the state legislature. Originally passed in 1992, the law places four two-year terms on the State House and two four-year terms on the State Senate.

In the 2013 Regular Session, the Montana legislature voted on HB 277, which would have referred an anti-term limits amendment to the Nov. 2014 ballot. The amendment sought to double state legislator term limits, from eight years in any 16 year period to 16 years in any 24-year period. Both the House and Senate passed the bill with overwhelming numbers, but it died in process as the two legislative bodies could not agree on specific details.

Fast forward to fall of 2013. Aspiring career politicians in Montana are publicly clamoring  for the opportunity to weaken the state’s popular term limits law. Even though eight years is plenty of time for the President of the United States to learn his job, the pols in Helena claim it’s not enough for them.

Read USTL President Philip Blumel’s blog post on Montana here.


Here’s how you can help us stand up for term limits in Montana:

  • Write a letter to the editor of the Billings Gazette or other prominent newspapers in Montana, declaring your opposition to any weakening of current term limits law. Encourage friends to do the same.
  • Contact the Montana Legislature and make your voice heard on this issue. In this downtime between sessions, legislators have more time to listen to their constituents.
  • Like our Facebook page, Save Montana Term Limits. It will be sharing lots of news and activism opportunities.

On February 5, Representative Cohenour introduced HB 458, a bill which would repeal term limits for the state legislature, governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, attorney general and the superintendent of public instruction.  The bill was referred to the State Administration Committee on February, and a hearing was held on February 11.  No action was taken at the February 11 hearing.

Threat Level:     Dead

What you can do: Congratulations, your phone calls worked and it was defeated.

On January 6 Representative Ray Hawk (R-Florence) introduced HB 174, a measure that would remove the 8 year limit in each chamber, and allow members of the legislature to serve 16 years.  The bill has been referred to the House State Administration Committee, and has been scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday, January 21.  No action was taken at the January 21 hearing.  The bill was tabled in committee on February 12, effectively killing the bill. 

Threat Level:    Dead

Click here to read USTL President, Philip Blumel’s statement on the scheduled House State Administration Committee hearing on HB 174. – January 20

Click here to read USTL’s press release on the scheduled House State Administration Committee Hearing – January 21

 Discription: Senate Bill 495, which Amends calculation period for length of terms served to fix AG decision.

Threat Level:     Dead