Many of you have asked what can be done at the state level to reform our “runaway” federal government. After exploring Florida’s options, I attended an assembly with state leaders from across the country to discuss protocols for enacting an Article V Convention. This mechanism, inserted into the Constitution by our founders, allows states to petition Congress to allow delegates to come together to discuss and compose proposed Constitutional amendments.
Delegates chosen by their respective states will convene and compose the language of any amendments they wish to propose for ratification. Those amendments will then be transmitted to all 50 states and each state legislature will vote to accept or reject the proposed amendments. Only when 38 state legislatures approve the language, does it officially become part of the Constitution. Effectively this means 13 states failing to approve an amendment blocks that amendment from becoming part of the Constitution.
Recently, I filed SM 476 which outlines the focus of a future Article V Convention; imposing fiscal restraints on the federal government, limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limiting the terms of office of federal officials and members of Congress. Our goal is to have 34 state legislatures pass the petition in the next two years and then hold the convention in late 2015 or early 2016.
Restraining the federal government’s excessive power is of great concern to Americans in all states and of all political parties. I feel it is important to take these steps toward imposing this important reform. Noted below is a link to a video in which I discuss this legislation further as well as links to various articles and websites regarding this issue. Alan
Finally, Florida became the third state to pre-file our application, and more are on their way!
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