BREAKING: A bill proposing an amendment to Panem’s constitution has passed the Senate as well as the House, and will now be sent to President Katniss Everdeen.
The amendment proposed would limit presidents of Panem to a maximum of three four-year terms, with a maximum of fourteen years in office should a vice president accede to the presidency upon the death or resignation of a president in their third or fourth year of their term. It also limits representatives to a maximum of five terms, or ten years in office. In addition, it limits senators to three terms at maximum, with a max of fourteen years in office if the senator is appointed.
The President is expected to sign the amendment and send it to the districts for ratification. President Everdeen was first to propose such an amendment during her victory speech after her first presidential election victory. However, the key difference is that this amendment allows for one more term than she originally proposed and also limits the amount of terms that representatives and senators may serve. The President has supported the proposal and has campaigned for its approval by Congress despite the new changes.
After the bill is signed into law by President Everdeen, it must go to the districts of Panem for ratification. The Constitution of the Republic of Panem states this on the subject of amendments:
“Amendments proposed to this document must be ratified by a vote of the people in two-thirds of the districts of Panem. The Capitol may also vote on the aforementioned amendments and shall be counted towards the two-thirds majority.”
Thus, two-thirds of the districts (or ten districts out of a possible fifteen if you include the Capitol) would have to ratify the amendment by a popular vote held in the districts on a date determined by Congress, who has selected the date of February 28th. The Capitol will likewise vote for or against ratification, and will be counted towards the goal of two-thirds. The decision to hold such a vote on the constitutional amendment was determined by the Executive Council of the Capitol well in advance of the bill’s passing, when they voted to approve a vote if the bill should pass. They said:
“We are pleased to announce that the Executive Council has voted to participate in a referendum on a constitutional amendment regarding term limits for federal officials in the executive and legislative branches of our government. As a council, we believe that this amendment is in our best interest as a nation, though we will not interfere with the people’s decision by endorsing the amendment.”
The amendment, should it become ratified by a popular vote of a combination of ten districts and/or the Capitol, would become the first amendment to the Constitution. The bill itself is a landmark as it is the first bill regarding amendments to make it out of committee in either house of Congress. The champions of the bill were Representative William E. Jackson (Civic Party-District 2), Senator Fayette Covillon (Liberty Party-District 14), and Senator Iris Canstrom (Labor Party-District 9). The bill passed unanimously in both houses of Congress, a move that wasn’t much of a surprise as most votes thus far have been the exact same way.
Now, what does this mean for the Presidency and for the future of our country? Well, first off, it protects us. Term limits for our politicians ensures that our president does not decide to become a dictator by rigging elections over and over. If this amendment is ratified, a potential dictator would have to seek a repeal of presidential term limits through another constitutional amendment. This also limits our representatives and senators’ time in Congress. This guarantees that our representation refreshes every now and again, ensuring that only the issues pertaining to our adapting society are at the top of our representation’s to-do list.
Overall, this legislation is groundbreaking no matter what happens. However, more amendments could come if this one breaks the ice. Either way, we could be looking at a third term for the President now for sure, and this time would end up being the final time.