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Wed March 24, 2004
Supreme Court Mulls Term Limits
Cheyenne, Wy – Attorneys debated Wyoming's term limits law before a packed state Supreme Court Wednesday.
Attorneys argued over a lawsuit challenging the law filed by state Senator Rich Cathcart, state Representative Rodney "Pete" Anderson and two of their constituents.
Cathcart and Anderson are among 13 lawmakers subject to term limits.
In oral arguments, attorneys for Anderson and Cathcart argued the term limits law strips citizens of their constitutional rights to vote and hold office.
They also say the qualifications for office are exclusive, and can only be changed with a constitutional amendment.
The law was created in 1992 following a ballot initiative.
State attorneys argue office qualifications -- like term limits -- are nonexclusive and can be changed by the people.
The court will issue a ruling in coming months.