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November 28, 2014 — Eric Berman, Network Indiana — Legislators from Indiana and more than 30 other states gather in Washington in December for the next step in a push for a constitutional convention.

The Assembly of State Legislatures, which formed to lay groundwork for a convention, last gathered in Indianapolis in June to assign committees to hammer out rules for delegate selection and the convention itself.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long says they‘ll discuss those drafts December 8 and 9, in hopes of being ready to finalize the convention call next year in Salt Lake City.

It takes 34 states to force a convention. Long says 25 states, including Indiana, have already requested a convention to consider a balanced-budget amendment, but the meeting will review those resolutions to make sure there are no issues about their wording or when they were adopted.

Long says organizers are determined to limit the convention to a predetermined list of proposed amendments. He says a balanced-budget amendment remains the most likely to make the cut, but the assembly is also looking at giving Congress veto power over some executive-branch regulations, and other steps to curb federal power.

Long predicts more than 40 states will eventually endorse the call for a convention.

 

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5 responses to “States Push For 2015 Constitutional Convention”

  1. Sam says:

    The only way I would support a constitutional convention is if an amendment to limit the amount of money is spent in our elections is passed and sent to the states without an expiration date

    Something else for this convention is a federal ban on gerrymandering and statehood for the District of Columbia.

  2. Charles Hinton says:

    Amazing — the new Congress hasn’t even begun, and liberals all across the lands are now thinking about a “Constitutional Convention”. No, how about, when you run for office, and swear an oath to do a job, then accept a big paycheck, perks, bribes, sit on bills, and still fail to do what is in the best interest of this country, we the people put you in jail with Bernie Madoff for fraud, extortion, and bribery as a traitor to the United States. Problem solved.

    • asdl;fk jasdflk j says:

      this is a republican movement democrats are happy with things.

      • Southern Logic says:

        Because the democrats have had daddys credit card and are running up the bill with no one saying NO. There are few adults in Washington that are being responsible.

  3. Randy Lewis says:

    What concerns me is that liberals are pushing lies about the convention. There is no way that the federal legislative, executive or judicial branches of government can control anything about the convention of states other than congress sets the date for the convention. The purpose of the convention is to reign in the federal government and return control to the American People where it belongs. The only issue right now is the list of subject matter to be addressed and what new amendments are to be introduced and what existing amendments are to be modified or deleted. These will then be voted upon by the states. One vote for each state. The scare tactics from the liberals has no basis in fact. The affect of the convention of states, on the other hand, has the impact of preserving the original intent of our forefathers to preserve liberty and rid our nation of excessive federal control.

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