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ALABAMA

The Alabama House passed HR49COS by voice vote. Two Senate resolutions have been submitted to the Rules Committee.

A Senate vote is planned for the
2015 legislative session.


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        This resolution, unless rescinded by a succeeding Legislature, constitutes a continuing application until at least two-thirds of all State Legislatures have made application for a convention to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.
     
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Legislators push for US Constitutional Convention     Sens. Trip Pittman of Daphne and Arthur Orr of Decatur have introduced bills setting up how Alabama's Photo of Trip Pittman delegates would be chosen and the limits they would operate under if there is ever a state-led constitutional convention called under Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution.
        Alabama is one of 20 states that have  Photo of Arthur Orr already voted to support a constitutional convention under Article 5 for passing a federal balanced budget amendment. Orr and Pittman said an Article 5 convention is likely far away, but it's time for Alabama to lay the groundwork.
        House Democratic leader Craig Ford says its' a campaign gimmick to appeal to the tea party.
      more   .  .   .



GOP lawmaker Johnson
seeks national convention
"It is time for citizens and the states to act,
and we have the solution"
    A resolution introduced by Rep. Ken Johnson, R-Moulton, aims to put fiscal restraints on the federal government and limit its reach. It also calls for term limits. ... "It was not the federal government that created the states: It was the states that created the federal government." ... Photo of Ken Johnson
        "Whereas, the founders of our Constitution empowered state legislators to be guardians of liberty against future abuses of power by the federal government; and whereas, the federal government has created a crushing national debt through improper and imprudent spending ... has invaded the legitimate roles of the states through the manipulative process of federal mandates, most of which are unfunded to a great extent ... has ceased to live under a proper interpretation of the Constitution ... " ...
      more   .  .   .



COS Project Alabama

    Check out this awesome video by the Alabama COS team!
It's a great summary of the COS Project as well as how folks in Alabama can get involved.



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