North Dakota House Approves Convention of States Resolution

North Dakota’s House of Representatives just passed a measure to apply for a convention of states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, the second legislative body to pass this resolution in 2015.

The measure was passed by a wide margin, with 63 members voting in favor and 29 voting against.

Last week, Arizona’s House became the first to pass the resolution this session. The Senates of both states will still need to approve the measure for the application to become official. A governor’s signature is not needed.

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.”

Convention of States Project, launched late in 2013, has been the primary proponent of this language and already has an extensive network in all 50 states with about 100,000 citizen volunteers.

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 effort received a significant boost when Mark Levin released his bestselling book The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic. Levin, an eight-year veteran of the Reagan administration, outlines a blueprint for an Article V convention that would restore power to state and local governments.

Levin recently spoke before several hundred state legislators, telling them they had a constitutional obligation to use Article V and reclaim their power.

According to James Madison’s notes, Col. George Mason, one of Virginia’s delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, was one of the leading advocates for this provision, arguing it was necessary for the states to have recourse “if the Government should become oppressive.”

In Federalist 85 Alexander Hamilton writes extensively about Article V, stating flatly: “We may safely rely on the disposition of the State legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.”

Likewise, in a letter, James Madison wrote: “Should the provisions of the Constitution…be found not to secure the government and rights of the states, against usurpation and abuses on the part of the United States, the final resort within the purview of the Constitution, lies in an amendment of the Constitution, according to a process applicable by the states.”

Other historical proponents of an Article V convention include President Eisenhower, in support of Congressional term limits, President Reagan, in support of a balanced budget amendment, and Milton Friedman.

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7 thoughts on “North Dakota House Approves Convention of States Resolution

  1. I was reading earlier today that hear in Indiana the COS is now being considered in a Senate judiciary committee. Here’s the full notice that I received:

    Mark —

    Exciting news for Indiana! We have learned that Senator Holdman has filed SJR18 that has language very similar to the Convention of States application. It is scheduled to be heard in the Judiciary committee Wednesday, February 18th. Although Senator Waltz has also filed an Article V application, it is not on the docket to be heard and SJR18 has language much closer to what we want.

    It it imperative that the language in all the applications MUST match so they can be compiled. COS is sending our chief legal counsel, Robert Kelly, to testify to the committee to make that point.

    Although this is short notice, if you are able to attend the committee hearing tomorrow PLEASE join us at the State House in room 130 at 8:30 am to show your support. If you are unable to attend, please CALL or EMAIL the Senators on the Judiciary committee to let them know that you support the Convention of States application and it MUST be amended to match the other states. We would like Indiana to join in with the momentum of the other states filing our application to limit the federal government!

  2. I think that state governors should elect jurists to the Supreme Court.
    Someone suggested to me that both houses of Congress should be expanded to increase representation.

  3. You ask for 100 people in each state, we offer 1 million Patriots and Anonymous Activist state wide, but this comes with a warning, do not ever allow the American to become betrayed and enslaved to the federal reserve again.
    In the words of the Lakota, “This Land Will be Ours as Long as the Grass Grows and the Water Flows.
    The men and women of the United States Military they also see and understand.
    Article V Convention of States “Tennessee” by Anonymous

  4. It is about time that the 1861 USA Corporation – purporting to be The Republic of the United States of America – [ The Republic ] – be bankrupted with the USD$20+ trillion debt on its back – and the cohorts / scammers / conspirators – who perpetrated / ran / and operated this scam on the backs of the Good People of the Republic : be brought forward, and exposed for who and what they are, and their illegal fortunes confiscated – the Federal Reserve nationalized – and all banking [ like North Dakota ] – be “state banking” – and working / operating to support, assist, and fund The Republic, and her Good People.
    ARISTOTELIS ELLINAS

  5. And yes, the 1871 Organic Act – ie., the “corporate federal cover scam” – be thrown out by and from east state – and restricted to its Washington DC borders.

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