Conservative lawmakers weigh bid to call for constitutional convention

(Howey Politics Indiana has written about this topic and stated, “Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long is a driving force behind a provision in the U.S. Constitution that allows states to call such a convention. His motivation is an end-around Congress to forge a constitutional balanced budget amendment.” [more] – Admin.)

The Washington Post
By Reid Wilson
4/4/15

Conservative state legislators frustrated with the gridlock in Washington are increasingly turning to a plan to call a convention to consider a new amendment to the U.S. Constitution — an event that would be unprecedented in American history and one that could, some opponents predict, lead to complete political chaos.

Legislators in 27 states have passed applications for a convention to pass a balanced budget amendment. Proponents of a balanced budget requirement are planning to push for new applications in nine other states where Republicans control both chambers of the legislature.

If those applications pass in seven of the nine targeted states, it would bring the number of applications up to 34, meeting the two-thirds requirement under Article V of the Constitution to force Congress to call a convention.

What happens next is anyone’s guess.
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