Convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution–
Here Are the 34 States Who Are Calling for a “Convention of the States” to Stop Obama
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Article V of the U.S. Constitution states that Congress shall call a Convention of the States in order to propose amendments to the Constitution if two-thirds of the state legislatures request one.
The 34th state required, Michigan, submitted its petition earlier this year, but significant questions remain about the validity of all 34 requests currently at hand.
For example, some of the applications have been “rescinded” by the states — but the Constitution makes no provision for such a process.
In addition, not all of the states agree on what sort of convention to convene. Some have requested a convention to discuss amending the Constitution to require a balanced budget; others seek to overturn the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court case by means of Constitutional amendment.
In fact, Florida alone has submitted four such applications since 2010, all regarding different topics.
Even constitutional scholars cannot agree whether 34 applications are currently valid and, if they are, which states should be included in the list, according to Fox News. In fact, some of the applications date back to before the Civil War.
Those 34 states are as follows, with states that have since rescinded their applications listed in parenthesis: Alabama, Alaska, (Arizona), Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, (Idaho), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, (Nevada), Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, (North Dakota), Ohio, (Oklahoma), (Oregon), Pennsylvania, (South Carolina), (South Dakota), Tennessee, Texas, (Utah), Virginia and (Wyoming).
And if that weren’t messy enough, many of these applications specify that they cover only a convention on a balanced budget amendment, and that if other topics are to be covered by the convention, their application should be considered rescinded.
The point is that a super-majority off the state legislatures do or have believed, and rightly so, that the federal government is out of control, and that Congress cannot be trusted to rein in their own authority.
But if they don’t, they may be forced to do so by the decisions of a Convention of the States — fuzzy or not.
SOURCE- conservative tribune,