Indiana Becomes 6th State to Call for Article V Convention of States

Indiana Becomes 6th State to Call for Article V Convention of States

This is from 3 weeks ago. I’ve been too busy to post it but I wanted to add it to our collection of COS articles. Great news!- Alexis

Indiana Becomes 6th State to Call for Article V Convention of States

Indiana Becomes 6th State to Call for Article V Convention of States
By Barbara Hollingsworth
Via CNS News-
Indiana became the sixth state to pass a resolution calling for an Article V Convention of States to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution that rein-in federal power.

Senate Joint Resolution 14 [1], which was passed by the Indiana Senate on February 26, easily cleared the Indiana House Monday on a 61-36 vote [2].

The resolution is “limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints of the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.”

“We just passed $19 trillion in debt at the federal government level,” said [3] Indiana state Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle), who sponsored the bill. “It’s time for us to get control of our federal government.”

In accordance with Article V [4], Indiana’s application will remain open until the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the states (34) pass similar or identical legislation.

So far, five other states – Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee – have passed Article V resolutions.

They were introduced in 37 states during the current session and have passed in at least one legislative chamber in Arizona, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia, Mark Meckler, a leader of the Convention of States Project [5], told CNSNews.com on Tuesday.

“We’re definitely gathering steam,” Meckler added. “In fact, just this morning we got a big victory in the Utah House [6], and it will be moving over pretty quickly to the Senate over there, so I expect we’re going to make it out of Utah here in the next ten days to two weeks.”

CNSNews.com asked Meckler if the presidential election has had any impact on the movement to call an Article V Convention of States.

“It’s been building for a long time, and certainly we’ve been working on building a grassroots army. The movement comes from the grassroots, and there’s a million and a quarter people involved in the sort of grassroots army behind this now. So that’s the foundation for all of this,” he replied.

“The presidential election though has accelerated it in a couple of senses. One is that every candidate, with the exception of Donald Trump, has talked about Article V and talked about their support for the use of Article V. So that’s brought the use of Article V into the mainstream political lexicon in a way that wouldn’t have happened so quickly in a non-presidential year. So I think that’s been a very positive thing.

“And the second thing is I think most people that I talked to as I traveled around the country, I’ve been in 10 states already this year, 34 last year, most people believe that regardless of who is elected president, it’s not going to change things that much.

“What they want, 72 percent of Americans say that our federal government is too big and does too much,” Meckler added. “And nobody really believes, regardless of who’s in power, that they’re going to give the power back to the people and the States.”

Once a Convention of States is convened, any constitutional amendments it passes must then be ratified by three-fourths of the states (37) before they go into effect.

Such a convention would be the first in American history, as all 27 Amendments [7] to the Constitution so far have originated in Congress.

But the Founding Fathers forsaw the possibility that the states might need to push back the power of the federal government and included the mechanism for a Convention of States in the body of the Constitution.

“That useful alterations will be suggested by experience, could not but be foreseen,” James Madison wrote regarding Article V in Federalist 43 [8]. “It was requisite, therefore, that a mode for introducing them should be provided.

“The mode preferred by the convention seems to be stamped with every mark of propriety. It guards equally against that extreme facility, which would render the Constitution too mutable; and that extreme difficulty, which might perpetuate its discovered faults. It, moreover, equally enables the general and the State governments to originate the amendment of errors, as they may be pointed out by the experience on one side, or on the other.”

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  1. Char in ND says:

    Superb! Well done, Indiana!

  2. I very much support the Article V convention of state resolutions. Our Federal government has been out of control for decades. This is the clear mechanism the Founders unanimously provided the states as a balance of power.

    Please sign E-Petition. Takes less than 20 seconds.
    http://www.cosaction.com/?recruiter_id=1310229

  3. sooo proud..we need more states to be brave and step up!! we the people..www.conventionofstates.com

  4. So what’s good about an Article V convention? Its a conversation & dialog of proposal’s limiting government formed BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, and approved BY WE THE PEOPLE. Each state can set the rules for delegates and amendments. Its the only voice we have… our members of Congress are not listening to us now and are sure not going to limit themselves or their terms, so let’s call a convention and they will have to hear us!!! Lets do this!!! Visit here to sign the petition, watch video’s and learn, and sign up to volunteer: http://www.cosaction.com/?recruiter_id=1351201

  5. Congrads Indiana!!! Great Job!!!

  6. Well done Indiana. Let’s get it done in Oklahoma and Missouri as well. They have one house done and need the other.

  7. donaldjsutton says:

    Well done Indiana!
    In his new book, “Old Age: a beginner’s guide”, Michael Kinsley has a proposal for what he calls “a generational gesture, something that will be the equivalent of – if not actually equal to – our parents’ sacrifice in fighting and winning World War II – some act of generosity and sacrifice that will inspire or embarrass the next generation”. His proposal is paying off the national debt. use Article V of the Constitution to restore the rule of law and reign in the tyrannical Federal Government.

  8. I hear if we have one of these conventions of states, someone is going to put a “Murder all kittens” amendment into our Constitution.

    I have a kitten. So I would need an iron-clad GUARANTEE there will be no kitten-murdering amendment. If you can’t do that, count me out!

  9. Michael Millikan says:

    Congratulations Indiana, USA and COS-IN Team.

  10. Vickie Martin says:

    Way to go, Indiana. It’s time to reign in the federal government. Our Founding Fathers were wise and knew a time would come that Article V would be needed.

  11. Vickie Martin says:

    Way to go, Indiana state legislators for having the courage to move forward.

  12. Proud of you neighbors! Now we in Ohio need to get on board!

  13. Congratulations, Indiana! With any luck and the Grace of God, we here in Arizona will be able to join you and the millions of patriots across the country who are fighting The Good Fight to rein in an out-of-control federal government addicted to borrowing money it doesn’t have, creating an incomprehensible mountain of debt that future generations will be forced to climb. Finally… a solution that’s as big as the problem… http://ConventionOfStates.com

  14. You go, Indiana. I am thrilled to read this. We must fight for liberty or else we’ll turn around and realize that we have lost. And then where will we be?

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