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Senator’s push for constitutional convention passes committee

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Senate President Pro Tem David Long’s legislative initiative calling for a convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution advanced out of the Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure Tuesday.

Senate Joint Resolution 18 and Senate Bills 224 and 225 seek an Article V amendment convention to address limiting Congress’ power to tax and regulate commerce. This type of convention is held when 34 states apply to Congress for such a convention. Any amendments would have to be ratified by three-fourths of the states to be added to the Constitution.

When Long announced his plan for this legislation, he said it’s the “only way states’ rights can be protected in this country.”

The three pieces of legislation now go before the full Senate for further consideration.

 

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