Arizona House Calls for Convention of States to Rein in Washington

The Arizona House of Representatives has decided the time has come for the states to do something about the federal government’s overreach. Arizona’s House passed a measure Thursday to apply for a convention of states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, the first legislative body to pass this resolution in 2015.

“It’s time for the States to exercise our Constitutional prerogative and convene together to right the ship,” said Rep. Kelly Townsend in a Facebook post Thursday night. Townsend is the primary sponsor of the Convention of States Project resolution that she also introduced last year.

Arizona State Rep. Kelly Towsend has emerged as a leader in the Convention of States movement.
Arizona State Rep. Kelly Townsend has emerged as a leader in the Convention of States movement.

The resolution calls for a convention “for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that will impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and limit the terms of office for officials of the federal government.”

Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, states can call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution if 34 states pass similar applications. Three states ratified this resolution last year, and at least 25 states will consider the Convention of States Project resolution this year.

The legislation now goes to the Arizona Senate where it faced a roadblock last year when Sen. Andy Biggs, the Arizona Senate President, refused to allow a vote on the bill.

In an interview with Red Millennial, Rep. Townsend said she is determined to get the resolution passed.

“However long it takes,” she said. “As long as I’m in the legislature, I will be proposing this bill.”

Rep. Townsend is also a leader in the Assembly of State Legislatures, a bipartisan network of state legislators that is crafting rules for a future Article V convention.

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