Arkansas Senate Adopts ‘Article V’ Proposal

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The Arkansas Senate on Tuesday approved a resolution to convene a Convention of the States to amend the U.S. Constitution after sponsor Senator Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, gave a long, impassioned speech arguing that the nation’s rising $22 trillion debt would imperil the nation’s future.

Under Stubblefield’s Senate Joint Resolution 3, which is part of a national effort in several legislatures across the U.S., a so-called Article V convention would be called to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution that impose fiscal restraints or require a balanced budget, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, as well as imposing term limits on members of Congress.

Article V provides that upon the application of two-thirds of the state legislatures, or 34 states, Congress shall call a convention of the states to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Tried, but never successful, at the Arkansas General Assembly, Arkansas lawmakers in pass legislative sessions have proposed Article V conventions on everything from gay marriages and abortion amendments to proposals on balance budgets, term limits and voter rights.   MORE

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