Georgia Becomes first State to Call for Convention of States

Georgia-House-010912RH09In a historic vote, Georgia’s House of Representatives joined the Georgia Senate in a passing a resolution to apply for an Article V Convention of States. Georgia is the first state to pass a resolution of this kind. The final vote was 100-65.

Buzz_BrockwayRep. Buzz Brockway, who introduced the resolution, immediately commented on his Facebook page: “Today has been a good day for liberty. The House passed my Convention of States resolution HR1215. The fight to return the balance of power between States and the Federal government is on here in Georgia. I want to thank my colleagues in the House for their support…”

Under Article V of the United States Constitution, states have the authority to call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution if two-thirds of the states (34) pass similar resolutions.

At least ten other states will consider Article V legislation this year, although legislators from at least 32 states have expressed interest in this movement. A balanced budget amendment, an amendment for Congressional term limits, and amendments to limit the federal bureaucracy are among the most popular initiatives supported by state legislators leading this movement.

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The Georgia legislation appeared to follow the format of Compact For America’s Balanced Budget Article V resolution, which is different from Convention of State Project’s broader resolution. COS Project’s resolution would allow states to call a convention for the purpose of considering any proposed amendment that would “impose fiscal restraints on 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.”

It’s unclear if Georgia’s resolution would exclude it from a COS Project-type Article V Convention.

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