The Texas House has approved a resolution applying for a convention of states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, making it the eleventh legislative chamber to pass this resolution in 2015.
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The resolution, which was adopted with 80 members voting in favor and 62 against, 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.”
Texas state Rep. Rick Miller, one of the primary sponsors of the bill, told Breitbart Texas, “Courage is a price for liberty. We must not be afraid to use what the Founders gave us in the Constitution in Article V to reign in the Federal Government and restore our Nation to greatness. This is the pathway for the states to exercise their sovereignty.”
Rep. Dwayne Bohac, who co-sponsored the bill, said, “Our Founding Fathers provided for an Article V Convention as a check on the federal government by the states. Let’s remember that it was the states that created the federal government, and they answer to us. It’s time for the states to stand up to runaway spending and limit the jurisdiction of the federal government, and Texas should lead the way.”
Many state legislators view an Article V convention as a necessary step to restoring federalism in America.
Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, states can call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution if two-thirds of the states (34) pass similar applications. Georgia, Florida, and Alaska ratified this resolution last year, and at least 25 states will consider the Convention of States Project resolution this year.
The first legislative bodies to pass the resolution during this session were the Houses in Arizona, North Dakota, New Mexico, Iowa, Alabama, Arkansas, and Louisiana, as well as the Senates in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Tennessee. The opposite legislative chambers of these states will still need to approve the measure for their applications to become valid. A governor’s signature is not needed.
Convention of States Project, launched late in 2013, has been the primary proponent of this resolution and already has an extensive network in all 50 states with more than 100,000 citizen volunteers.
Check out our video interview with the co-founders of Convention of States Project at CPAC 2015.
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.