Thursday, November 14, 2013

Constitutional Convention - so it begins...

"The leader of the Indiana Senate has invited lawmakers from every state to join him Dec. 7 at Mount Vernon, George Washington's Virginia home, to discuss the state-led process for crafting amendments to the U.S. Constitution."

"Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, asks in a letter written to fellow legislative leaders that each state send a bipartisan group of three delegates to the 'Mount Vernon Assembly.'"

"He said the meeting will lay the groundwork for a Convention of the States that would, when established by Congress, propose amendments to change various provisions of the Constitution."

"'The authors of the Constitution included a state-led amendment option as a check on a runaway federal government,' Long said. 'The dysfunction we see in Washington, D.C., provides an almost daily reminder of why this option is needed now more than ever.'"

"The initial meeting won't actually consider potential amendment topics, Long said. Instead, it's intended to set up the rules to be followed if and when a constitutional convention is called."

"There are two authorized methods for changing the nation's fundamental governing document. The only one that has been used is when two-thirds of Congress proposes an amendment and three-fourths of the states (38 states) ratify it."

"However, the Constitution also permits what has come to be known as an 'Article V convention,' named for its placement in the fifth section of the Constitution."

"Under that scenario, two-thirds of state legislatures (34 states) ask Congress to call a Convention of the States for proposing constitutional amendments. If the convention approves an amendment, it then can be ratified by three-fourths of the states and added to the Constitution without congressional approval."

"Because an Article V convention has never been called, there are no clear rules on how it would begin — does every state have to pass an identical convention request? — what rules the convention would follow or whether it could be limited in scope."

The rest of the article is here.

The current make up of the various state legislatures is as follows: 28 controlled by Republicans; 5 split legislatures; 17 controlled by Democrats. This Mount Vernon project will continue and is gaining popularity among those that believe the federal government is completely dysfunctional...which is almost all of America.

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