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ALABAMA

The Alabama House passed HR49COS
(to limit federal government and term limits) by voice vote.

Now in Senate Rules Committee.
A vote is planned for the 2015 legislative session.


HJR192 - was introduced 2/20/2014, urging Congress to call convention, adopt Marriage Preservation Act. 4/2 - adopted by voice vote. SJR23 - awaiting action by the Senate Rules Committee .


Define Marriage Solely as
Between One Man and One Woman
Alabama House Calls for a Convention to Define Marriage     Republican leadership of the Alabama House of Representatives used some legislative sleight-of-hand to pass resolution, H.J.R. 192, asking for Congress to call a Convention of the States to pass amendment to the U.S. Constitution defining marriage as one man and one woman. Photo of two rings
        The Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court has urged the legislature ... for an article V constitutional convention. Chief Justice Moore’s proposed constitutional amendment reads: “Nothing in this Constitution or in the constitution or laws of any state shall define or shall be construed to define marriage except as the union of one man and one woman, and no other union shall be recognized with the legal incidents thereof within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” ...
     
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Alabama House Passes a Resolution
Calling for Convention of the States
The resolution strictly limits the purpose
of the proposed convention to three areas
    The Alabama House of Representatives today passed House Joint Resolution 49, an application to Congress calling for a Constitutional Convention under Article V of the United States Constitution. Photo of AL House chamber
        The resolution passed today by the Alabama House strictly limits the purpose of the proposed convention to three areas: 1) imposing fiscal restraints on the federal government through a balanced budget amendment; 2) limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government; and 3) implementing term limits on federal elected officials.
        This resolution, unless rescinded by a succeeding Legislature, constitutes a continuing application until at least two-thirds of all State Legislatures have made application for a convention to provide for these purposes.
        It now goes up to the Senate, where several legislators have already been actively involved in the process leading up to a potential Constitutional Convention.
      more   .   .   .           2/13


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ALASKA

On 3/12 the Alaska House passed HJR22 which calls for amendments to the US Constitution that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government,and limit the terms of office of
federal government officials by a 24-13 vote.

4/19 - The resolution passed in the Senate 12-8

Awaiting transmittal to the governor


The Alaska Senate Judiciary Committee passed the
Convention of States application (SB203) An Act relating to an interstate compact on a balanced federal budget. 3/26

Passed by Alaska House on 3/19
by a vote of 22-12


House Requests a Convention of the States HJR 22 focuses on limiting the power
and jurisdiction of the federal government
    The Alaska House of Representatives passed a resolution focused on limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.
        House Joint Resolution 22, by Alaska sceneRepresentative Tammie Wilson, R-Fairbanks/North Pole, requests that the United States Congress call a Convention of the States to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office of federal government officials. The resolution also urges the other 49 states to do the same.
        By calling a Convention of States, we can stop the federal spending and debt spree, the power grabs of the federal courts and unelected bureaucrats, and other misuses of federal power," Rep. Wilson said. "The current situation is precisely what the founders feared, and that's why they gave us a solution."
     
more   .   .   .           3/13



Alaska Advances Call for Convention of States HJR22 has advanced from the House Finance Committee.     A proposal urging a convention of the states to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution has advanced from the House Finance Committee. HJR22 would place Alaska on record as urging Congress to call a convention of the states to propose constitutional amendments that "impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office of federal government officials."
        HJR22 is sponsored by North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson. The resolution is meant to serve as a "continuing application" making the request until at least two-thirds of state legislatures around the country make similar petitions.
      more   .   .   .           3/6



HJR22 - Urges a COS A "continuing application" until at least two-thirds of state legislatures make similar petitions. Kelli Stargel photo     JUNEAU, Alaska - Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, told the House State Affairs Committee last week that states fed up with an out-of-control Washington can sit back and do nothing or stand up and push back. She said similar resolutions have been proposed in other states. The committee heard mostly supportive testimony though one caller said additional amendments were not necessary.       more   .  .   .           2/10



ARIZONA

Arizona House passed COS application HCR 2027 on 3/12/2014
by a vote of 32-25.- to impose fiscal restraints on the federal
government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal
government and limit the terms of office for officials
of the federal government.

Referred to Senate Government and Environment Committee


House Bill 2305 - Compact; balanced budget; convention - Passed by House 3/6 by a vote of 32-26

Awaiting action by the Senate Rules Committee


AZ House Approves Call
for Article V Convention
    Rep. Bob Thorpe (R-Flagstaff) is the sponsor of House Resolution 2017, a resolution that calls for Congress to call an Article V convention. The resolution passed through the House on Tuesday. Photo of Representative Bob Thorpe
        A bill passed by the House on Monday set guidelines for potential delegates that would enable legislators to provide scope on what any delegates could and could not vote on, and would provide the ability to recall them if they violated the legislature's instructions. That bill passed along party lines.
        Right now there are three bills going through the House that would call on Congress to create a convention. Rep. J.D. Mesnard (R-Chandler) is running a bill supported by the Goldwater Institute, and Townsend is running her own resolution. Thorpe said that there are around 20 other states that are considering similar bills.
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more           2/26

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FLORIDA

SM476 - to impose fiscal restraints on the Federal Government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the Federal Government, and limit the terms of office for federal officials and members of Congress, etc. Adopted 4/3/2014

H0381 - 3/20 Local and Federal Affairs Committee, passed 15-2. 3/25 Ethics and Elections Subcommittee, passed 8-1. 4/4 Judiciary Committee, passed 13-1.

4/21 - House passed by voice vote.


H0261 proposing amendment to U.S. Constitution to provide that every law enacted by Congress shall embrace only one subject, which shall be clearly expressed in its title. 3/20 - Federal Affairs passed 16-1.
3/28 Placed on Calendar.

S0368 - On Rules Committee agenda for 4/9

5/2 - Passed both houses of the Florida Legislature


H0625 - Makes application to Congress to call convention
for sole purpose of proposing amendment to U.S. Constitution
that requires balanced federal budget.
Awaiting action by House Appropriations Committee.

H0625 Intro Makes application to Congress to call convention
for sole purpose of proposing amendment to U.S. Constitution that requires balanced federal budget. Special Order Calendar 4/3


Florida Makes History
to Add Single Subject Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution

    In a historic step to improve the transparency of Congress, the Florida Legislature has become the first state legislature in the nation to call for an Article V convention of the states to propose a single subject Single Subject Amendment 
		wgraphic requirement in the U.S. Constitution. The purpose of the amendment would be to prohibit Congress from passing laws that pertain to more than one subject, requiring Congress to play by the same rules as those mandated by 41 state constitutions.
        If incorporated into the U.S. Constitution, the amendment would provide that no bill introduced in Congress shall become law if it pertains to more than one subject, which must be clearly expressed in the bill’s title. Single Subject Amendment, a Super PAC, is spearheading an effort to add a 28th amendment to the United States Constitution to provide a simple, non-partisan solution for the way Congress does business.
     
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House and Senate Bills In Committee
Action Expected Within the Next Week
SB 1008 - Article V Constitutional Conventions
- SM476 is an application to Congress
    SENATE: Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: ** (1) That the Legislature of the State of Florida does hereby make application to Congress pursuant to Article V of the Constitution of the United States to call an Article V convention for the sole purpose of proposing Florida Sealamendments to the Constitution of the United States which: *(a) Impose fiscal restraints on the Federal Government. *(b) Limit the power and jurisdiction of the Federal Government. *(c) Limit the terms of office for federal officials and members of Congress. ** (2) That these three proposed amendment categories are severable from one another and may be counted individually toward the required two-thirds number of applications made by the state legislatures for the calling of an Article V convention.
        HOUSE: Article V Constitutional Conventions: Citing this act as the "Article V Constitutional Convention Act"; establishing qualifications of delegates and alternate delegates to an Article V constitutional convention; providing for the appointment of delegates by the Legislature; requiring majority vote approval in each chamber for the appointment of delegates; authorizing the Legislature to recall a delegate and fill a vacancy; authorizing the Governor to call a special legislative session to fill a vacancy; establishing a legislative method for appointments and recalls, etc.
      more here and here   .   .   .           3/19


GEORGIA

SR 736 passed the House March 6th by a vote of 107 to 58 making Georgia the first state to pass a COS through both houses of their legislature to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and limit the terms of office for officials of the federal government.


SR371 to call a convention for the specific and exclusive purpose of proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to require a balanced federal budget. 2/20 - House Vote passed 108-63

HR1832 - proposing a federal balanced budget amendment. 3/18 Awaiting House Judiciary Committee.


HB794 - to adopt the Compact for a Balanced Budget and promote the proposal and ratification of a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution; to provide for powers, duties, and procedures relative to the Compact. House vote 2/20 103-63; Senate vote 3/18 30-25. 3/27 House Sent to Governor

Georgia becomes first state to pass
Convention of States resolution
SR 736 passed the House by a vote of 107 to 58.

        The Georgia House of Representatives joined the Georgia Senate today in passing a historic call for a convention of states to Photo of Georgia Statehouse propose amendments to the Constitution to impose fiscal restraint upon Congress, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and establish term limits for federal officials.
        Georgia becomes the first state in the country to pass this historic resolution. The same resolution has been introduced into 13 different state legislatures in 2014 with more to come. COS hopes to gain passage in 34 states in time for a convention to be held in 2016.      
more   .  .   .           -3/6-


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IDAHO
SCR134 - the total of all federal appropriations made by the Congress for any fiscal year may not exceed the total of all estimated federal revenues for that fiscal year - 2/6/2014 referred to State Affairs.

"A Great Start" In Idaho State Senator's Opinion     Discussing the possibility of amending the U.S. Constitution drew approximately 100 legislators from 32 states, according to an Idaho lawmaker who attended the event. He described it as "a great start." The lawmakers gathered in Virginia at the Mount Vernon estate of President George Washington. Photo of Sen. Marve Hagedorn
        Prior to the Mount Vernon gathering, Rep. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, told IdahoReporter.com that he supports an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would require the federal government to balance its budget (except in times of war and other emergencies)."
        Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, also favors a balanced budget amendment for the federal government, noting that Photo of Sen. Marve Hagedorn "I definitely think there's been a shift in the mindset among the people regarding states' rights. People are more concerned about the expansive nature of our federal government and the need for the states to put some controls on it."
        While many legislators around the nation attribute "The Liberty Amendments," a book from author and constitutional scholar Mark Levin, as providing inspiration for a convention, some legislators remain skeptical and even fearful of the idea.
     
more   .  .   .



INDIANA State Senator David Long explains
the historical significance of
an Article V Convention of States
Indiana State Senator David Long joined Glenn Beck on radio     Indiana State Senator David Long joined Glenn on radio this morning to talk about what he is doing in his own state to facilitate an Article V Convention of States. While there are certainly very real concerns related to opening up the Constitution for amending, Long makes a compelling case for returning the power to the states. YYY
        To begin, Long explained the historical significance of Article V. "It was a key provision. George Mason had that put in as a delegate for Virginia for the state driven process. It's never been used. But they figured we would use it," Long said. "And in fact, if it hadn't been in the Constitution there's a very good argument the Constitution never would've been ratified in the first place. The founders felt that strongly that the state's needed to have a leash on Washington. And they felt this was the key way to do it. If they woke up today and found out we never used it, they'd be shocked. They thought we would be using it regularly." ...
     
Here is a video of the interview.   .  .   .



The Indiana Legislation
Click here to see the Indiana legislation regarding delegates to a COS   .  .   .



Future generations might recall Dec. 7 for the beginning of a second American Revolution.     The Indiana legislature has passed two measures that would, according to Long, "Require delegates to take an oath to uphold the state and U.S. Constitutions and abide by any instructions given to delegates by the General Assembly." It also establishes "Indiana's intention to send two delegates and two alternate delegates to an Article V convention." Photo of David Long
        Call it a "Long shot," but it is one worth attempting. The Preamble to the Constitution begins: "We the people." It is the people who lend power to the federal government. If the people lend it, the people can also reclaim it when government exceeds its constitutional authority.
        Sen. David Long may have discovered the only path left for attaining fiscal solvency. If he succeeds, future generations might recall Dec. 7, not only for Pearl Harbor, but for the beginning of a second American Revolution.
      more   .  .   .



IOWA
HJR2008 to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States repealing the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution relating to the direct election of senators. 3/3/2014 - Pending House State Government Committee

IA HJR5 - to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to allow Congress and the states to prohibit or otherwise regulate the expenditure of funds for political speech by any corporation, limited liability company, or other corporate entity. 12/31/2013 - Pending: House State Government Committee

Iowa Has Local Leaders In Place Sarah Haldeman / Steve Jacobsen     Steve Jacobsen is out promoting a local grass-roots movement connected to a national organization known as the "Convention of States Project". Jacobsen is District Captain, which includes all of Mills, Fremont and part of Montgomery counties. Steve Jacobsen
        "We have a State Director from Council Bluffs, Sarah Haldeman who is heading up our cause. She will organize the District Captains. We also have a Legislative Liason from West Des Moines, Jeremy Danilson and he's been making contact with some of our legislators and getting a very good response. And our Coalitions Director, Jen Jones from Anamosa will be looking to connect with various civic organizations across Iowa to get our message out."
        Jacobsen says nationally the group has three distinct goals. "Impose fiscal restraints on the Federal government, limit the power & jurisdiction of the Federal government and limit the terms of office for Federal officials and members of Congress." Jacobsen says the group is nonpartisan and not affiliated with any political party, including the Tea Party.
     
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KANSAS

SCR1613 - Legislation to protect states' rights including Education; the time, place and manner of elections; marriage and law relating to the family; firearms, ammunition and their use; land use; the management of wildlife, game and fisheries; health care; and all forms of insurance. Pending: Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee

HCR5016 - 3/20/2014 - Referred to Committee on
Federal and State Affairs


LEGISLATION TO PRESERVE STATES RIGHTS Resolutions have been introduced to
preserve states rights from different approaches.
    Senator Pilcher-Cook has introduced bills to defining: "Education; the time, place and manner of Photo of Mary Pilcher-Cook elections; marriage and law relating to the family; firearms, ammunition and their use; land use; the management of wildlife, game and fisheries; health care; and all forms of insurance the state's rights" as belonging exclusively to the state.
        The first bill is SCR 1612, Constitutional amendment to expressly reserve certain powers to the state of Kansas, and to the citizens of Kansas.
Here is the bill.
        The other is SCR 1613 Making application to the Congress of the United States to call a convention for the purpose of proposing an amendment to the constitution of the United States with respect to states' rights. Here is the COS bill.                 /



THE GREAT DEBATE OF 2014 Attorneys to debate America's future     Two constitutional attorneys will debate the future of America billed as the GREAT DEBATE OF 2014. David Schneider of Wichita will debate for having a constitutional convention Schneider is the Kansas Director of the Convention of States Project. Richard Fry of eastern Kansas will debate for "We the People" to stop this attempt from altering our constitution by radical means. Fry is a legal counsel and consultant to many conservative groups including many Tea Party groups. Kansas Debate graphic
        It's almost here! The momentum is building as it is not "if' but when" an Article V Constitutional Convention will take place. Several national groups are pushing hard and they claim they have the money and people to CHANGE our constitution within the next year or two at the outset. 'We the People" need to wake up as this could easily destroy the foundation that our country was built on. The RISK is too great as precedent may dictate that a new constitution may be established WITHOUT the First and Second Amendments.
      more   .  .   . 3/25



KENTUCKY

HCR86 - Submit an application to Congress to call a Convention of the States to propose amendments to the Constitution regarding a Balanced Budget. 1/30/2014 to House Elections, Const. Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee




LOUISIANA

HCR6 - To proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit terms of office for U.S. officials and for members of congress. 3/11/2014 Pending: House House and Governmental Affairs Committee


House committee shoots down
attempt to shrink federal government
    A House resolution to call a convention of the states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, failed to get the support of the Louisiana House and Governmental Affairs Committee after impassioned testimony from both sides. Photo of Mike Denahay
        The bill: House Concurrent Resolution 15, sponsored by Ray Garofalo, R-Chalmette, would allow Louisiana to call and send delegates to a constitutional convention of the states. If two-thirds, or 34, of the states pass a resolution to convene, the states could host a convention. Three-fourths of the states would be required to ratify the Constitution.
      Louisiana Budget Project Policy Analyst Steve Spires said the unintended consequences of opening up the opportunity to alter the constitution could damage the political system and economy. Rep. Micahel Danahay, D-Sulphur, said he would consider supporting the resolution had the impetus originated in Louisiana but was reluctant to back a national, conservative movement to do so. Danahay moved to involuntarily defer the bill, and no members objected.
     
more   ...     3/26


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MICHIGAN

House Bill for a Convention of States for a balanced budget amendment passed 77-32 on 3/2 - and in a separate bill, the methodology for selecting the delegates.

SJRV a balance budget. Passed 3/26 25-12. Filed With Secretary Of State 3/31/2014


Michigan House Calls For
a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment
House vote for passage was 77-32     The state House approved a Senate-passed resolution Thursday that adds Michigan to the movement calling for a states' convention to consider a federal balanced budget amendment. The 77-32 House vote for passage puts Michigan SealMichigan on track to join 20 other states that have passed legislation calling for a convention under Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution. It specifically calls for a convention of the states to draw up a proposed amendment requiring the federal government to balance its annual budget except in times of emergency such as wars and military actions.
        The House also approved, on a 62-47 vote, an accompanying measure laying out the methodology to be used for choosing Michigan's delegates to the proposed convention, should it come to pass.
     
more   .   .   .
          3/21

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Missouri

House Representative Mike Moon filed HCR 41 calling for an Article V Convention of States to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and members of Congress.

Public Hearing completed 4/23/2014 -
Passed by the House General Laws Committee by a vote of 7-2.


Speaker Tim Jones Joins a National Effort
To Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment
    House Speaker Tim Jones joined state-level leaders to Demand Balance Now and called for support for a Balanced Budget Amendment through a state-led, limited Article V Convention. This historic initiative is being led by state houses across the nation and is spearheaded nationally by the State Photo of Rep Tim JonesGovernment Leadership Foundation's citizen pledge. The pledge asks Americans from all walks of life to join state-level elected leaders in calling for Obama's Washington to balance its budget like the rest of us do.
        Elected officials and community leaders from across the nation have signed the pledge that states:
We the undersigned have long observed the federal government accumulate a debt, now totaling over 17 trillion dollars, which is an immediate threat to our children's future and is crippling our nation's fiscal trajectory. We the undersigned have lost faith in the federal government's ability to responsibly manage and control its own budget and spending. Therefore, for the sake of our children and our country's future, we the undersigned pledge our support and hereby call for a state-led Article V Constitutional Convention convened for the limited purpose of passing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution.      
more   .   .   .           3/17



Missouri Representatives File COS Application The Show Me State is showing they're serious
about halting federal overreach.
    Missouri House Representative Mike Moon (157), along with 16 additional representatives, filed HCR 41 last week, joining the growing Missouri Map graphic number of state representatives across the country calling for an Article V Convention of States to restrain the power, scope, and jurisdiction of the federal government.
        To allay misconceptions around using Article V to call an amending Convention of States, Missouri representatives have also filed the "Article V Convention Delegate Limitation Act" (HB 2036), outlining rules for choosing delegates, Photo of Rep. Mike Moon recalling delegates, and upholding their oath to limit proposals to the topic outlined in HCR 41. Such legislation is meant to ensure that delegates stay within their prescribed limits in a Convention of States.
        HCR 41 has 16 co-sponsors: Timothy Jones (110, Speaker of the House), John Diehl (89, Majority Floor Leader), Eric Burlison (133), Lyle Rowland (155), Charlie Davis (162), Bill White (161), Mike Kelley (127), Bill Lant (159), Bill Reiboldt (160), Warren Love (125), Rick Brattin (55), Andrew Koenig (99), Jeff Pogue (143), Sonya Anderson (131), Tom Hurst (62), and Scott Fitzpatrick (158).
      more   .   .   .           3/4



Minnesota

SF49 - clarifying the rights protected under the Constitution are the rights of natural persons and not the rights of artificial entities and that spending money to influence elections is not speech under the First Amendment. 1/17/2013 Referred to Judiciary Committee

HF276 - Introduced on January 31 2013. Author added Rep.Selcer added as author on 3/31/2014




Mississippi

SC542 - provide that an increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate states. 1/20/20114 referred to the Senate Rules Committee.




NORTH DAKOTA
Rep. Manny Steele - My Voice: Why the U.S. Constitution needs an amendment     Our Founding Fathers had the wisdom to know that democracies tend to centralize. This is why they gave us a Republic form of government.Photo of Rep. Manny Steele Our framers understood that Congress could not be relied on to check itself. They understood how previous governments had worked.   .  .   .
        Because of this, they gave us Article V in our Constitution and the 10th Amendment to insure the individual states could retain their equal power.
        The creators had the wisdom to give us a plan to keep equal power in these branches of government. It is long past due to use the method given us.
        Let's get started.
     
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OHIO

SJR5 - Urging the Congress of the United States to propose a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution and applying to the Congress, pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution, to call a convention for proposing a balanced budget amendment. 11/20/2013 - Concurrence


Rep. Allen Landis Supports a Convention of States in Ohio     Almost everyone knows our federal government is on a dangerous course. The unsustainable debt combined with crushing regulations on states and businesses is a recipe for disaster. Rep. Allen C. Landis photoI want our state to be one of the necessary 34 states that passes a resolution calling for a Convention of the States. You can find a copy of the draft resolution and a legislator's handbook (which briefly explains the process and answers many questions) at www.conventionofstates.com.
        I ask you to support the Convention of States Project and become either the lead sponsor or co-sponsor of a resolution in the next legislative session. Thanks so much for your service to the people of our district.
     
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OKLAHOMA

SJR3 - A Joint Resolution calling upon the United States Congress to convene a single issue federal convention called the Balanced Federal Budget Amendment. 2/5/2013 Pending Senate Rules Committee.

SJR61 - Joint Resolution; urging Congress to propose balanced budget amendment. 2/11/2014 -Pending Senate Rules Committee.


House Judiciary Committee Passes Bill
for Balanced Budget Amendment COS
    The House Judiciary Committee approved a measure to convene a convention to consider a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution without debate in a bipartisan 8-7 vote and sent it to the full House for debate and a vote.
        The bill says that, so far, 20 states have petitioned Congress for a balanced budget amendment: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.
        The balanced budget legislation is part of a growing movement among conservative lawmakers opposed to deficit spending on the federal level. The bill says the proposed amendment would prohibit Congress from appropriating money in excess of federal revenue estimates in any fiscal year, except during a national emergency.
     
more   .   .   .           2/21



OK Looks At COS Rep. Banz, Group to Host Informational Meetings Photo of Gary Banz     State Rep. Gary Banz and an organization called I Am American are teaming up next weekend to host informational meetings on how to initiate an "Article V" Convention of the States to propose a "balanced-budget" amendment to the United States Constitution.       source   .  .   .



PENNSYLVANIA
State House candidate wants PA
to press for a convention to
amend the federal constitution
If elected, Nelson will vigorously push
for PA to submit an application for a convention.
    Political newcomer Chris Nelson, 31, is seeking the Republican nomination in the May 20 primary for the 87th state House district seat now held by five-term GOP incumbent Glen Grell. YYY Nelson, a delivery driver for Al's Pizza and Subs in Enola, embraces ideas espoused by constitutional scholar and nationally syndicated radio show host Mark R. Levin in his book, "The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic." ...
        "People are fed up with the Republican leadership in Congress and electing more Republicans hasn't fixed the problem, Nelson said. "They are looking for a real answer and it's been provided to us by the founding fathers in Article V of the Constitution." ... Nelson said. If elected, he would vigorously push for Pennsylvania to join other states in submitting an application for a convention. He also would support allowing the Bible back in public schools and making surveillance cameras illegal.
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SOUTH CAROLINA
South Carolinians
Approve States' Convention
71% are in favor of an Article V Convention of States.     In a statewide poll that included 1,264 voters from various ethnicities, age groups and from every county conducted by True South Rep. Bill Taylor Communications, Rep.Bill Taylor posed two main questions. When asked if South Carolina should join other states in calling for a convention, Taylor said 32 percent were in favor, 32 percent opposed and 36 percent were undecided.
        "Because the COS initiative is a new concept to many voters, a second question was asked of those who opposed or were undecided in the first question," Taylor said. Bill Clyburn "The explanation of specific potential amendments resulted in a majority giving their support."
        S.C. Rep. Bill Clyburn, D-Aiken, said he thinks other legislators have the right to call for a COS; however, he personally disagrees with it. State legislators are planning to reconvene this month to continue working on a product they can pass on to Congress.
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SOUTH DAKOTA

An initiative to call a convention to propose an amendment requiring a federal balanced budget was rejected by the House by a 28-42 vote.


South Dakota House defeats 2 measures on
Convention to Amend the US Constitution
    An initiative to call a convention to propose an amendment requiring a federal balanced budget was rejected on a 28-42 vote. Supporters say the resolution is a way to address the federal deficit. Opponents say they fear a runaway convention that would address other issues.
        Another proposal concerning such convention failed on a 33-37 vote. That measure would have barred delegates from voting on any amendments not authorized by the state Legislature. One critic of the proposal says the state does not have authority to limit the convention.
     
more   .   .   .           2/13



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TENNESSEE

The State Senate voted unanimously to pass Senate Joint Resolution 493 making Tennessee the nation's 22nd state to call for a balanced federal budget.


State Senate Unanimous     The State Senate voted unanimously to pass Senate Joint Resolution 493 making Tennessee the nation's 22nd state to call for a balanced federal budget. The resolution, introduced by Senator Brian Kelsey Photo of Tennessee bldg (R-Germantown), calls for a convention of the states pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution that would require Congress to balance the federal budget each year. Specifically, the resolution states that in the absence of a congressional declaration of war or an economic recession, the total of all federal appropriations made by the Congress for any fiscal year may not exceed the total of all estimated federal revenues for that fiscal year.
        House Joint Resolution 548, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Powers has passed out of the State Government Committee and is scheduled to be heard on the House floor on Monday. Once 34 states have passed similar resolutions, a convention of the states must convene.
        "The Founding Fathers gave states the ability to call for an Article V convention to reign in the federal government," concluded Senator Kelsey. "We should use it."
     
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UTAH
Utah lawmakers Reject Call for COS Lawmakers Fear a "Runaway" Convention     Rep. Kraig Powell may have won some points Monday for creativity in debate, but he failed to convince legislators to join other states in a call for a constitutional convention to adopt a balanced budget amendment. Other lawmakers fear a "runaway" convention that could go far beyond a simple mandate of requiring the federal government to adopt a federal budget every year, and vastly rewrite the Constitution. Photo of Kraig Powell
        So using his best squeaky-voice imitation of the blue furry monster Grover on TV's Sesame Street, Powell, R-Heber City, read from a book called "There Is A Monster At The End Of This Book." He read how Grover urges the reader not to get to the end of the book because a monster is there. But at the end, Grover says, "Look at that. This is the end of the book and the only one here is me. I, lovable, furry old Grover am the monster at the end of this book."
        Powell then told the House, "The only ones we are really worrying about is us, the lovable monsters in our own state legislatures." He said they will appoint the delegates to the convention, and give instructions — so they should not worry.
        But his HJR8 failed on a 32-41 vote anyway.
     
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Two Utah Legislators Advocate COS Wayne Niederhauser     Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, and Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, recently took part in the Mount Vernon Assembly held in Virginia in December. Photo of Ken Ivory
        Niederhauser posted a blog on the subject, because he said he wants Utahns to be aware of the potentially historic process being started.
        "Imagine an America where the People, through their local state governments had another mechanism at their disposal to stop federal ignorance, arrogance, greed, incompetence and abuse, as the Founders intended," Niederhauser wrote.
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VERMONT
Vermont Calls for COS to reverse
the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision
Want to remove money / speech from politics.     There are 10 states currently considering similar resolutions to the one passed by Vermont, according to Mike Monetta, the organizing director for Wolf PAC. It would take 34 states to trigger a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution, and 38 to approve an amendment. Overturn Citizens United graphic
        Earlier in the session it appeared there was no appetite in Montpelier for such a resolution, but a call to Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, from one of his constituents got the ball rolling, he said.
        Sears said he decided to put the resolution back on the "fast track" by holding hearings on the topic and eventually bringing it to the Senate floor, where it passed 25-2.      
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VIRGINIA
Virginia GOP delegates push
for constitutional convention
Republicans in the house may be supportive, but the bills must pass the state Senate, now under Democratic control. Photo of Del. Scott Limgamfelter     ... Three bills callitwong for a new meeting of the states passed the House Rules Committee on Friday. History will show that "Virginia spoke very loudly, that we are going to return fiscal responsibility to our federal system," declared Rep. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William), who sponsored one of the bills. ...
        Some were worried by what could happen at a convention where the entire U.S. Constitution could be rewritten. One suggested it was like trying to win over a fight by giving your opponent a gun. Some critics were satisfied by the version backed by Rep. R. Steven Landes (R-Augusta), whose bill would call first for amending Article V to limit the convention's scope. ...
        Cary Nunnally traveled to Richmond from Newport News, Va., to protest the bills. She requested that if they do pass, they include an option for those who want no part in the convention to secede from the union.
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WISCONSIN
Wisconsin Assembly approves
constitutional convention request
Assembly Republicans passed the resolution
on a 58-38 party line vote
Photo of Chris Kapenga     MADISON, Wisconsin — The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a resolution calling for a convention of states to develop a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
        The group Citizens for Self-Governance, led by Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler, has launched a national push for a convention to craft the amendment. The group contends Congress will never move such an amendment forward on its own.
        Thirty-four states must request such a convention before Congress can authorize it. The Wisconsin resolution's author, Republican Rep. Chris Kapenga, says about 20 states have already passed a convention resolution.
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Wis. panel backs
constitutional convention
Thirteen of 18 Senate Republicans are co-sponsors     Wisconsin Republicans took the first steps Tuesday toward calling for a convention of states to craft a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, passing a resolution calling for the convention out of committee. The Assembly Campaigns and Elections Committee approved the resolution 6-2. The panel also approved a bill by the same vote that would establish a five-person delegation to attend such a convention. The votes send both measures on to the full Assembly. Photo of Robin Vos
        Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Burlington, supports the measures, but they must pass the Senate, too. Thirteen of 18 Senate Republicans have signed on as co-sponsors of the resolution and but only two are co-sponsoring the delegation bill. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, hasn't signed on to either proposal and his spokesman didn't return a message. A Walker spokesman also didn't immediately return messages.
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