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Ohio joins GOP push for Constitutional Convention

Post by jserraglio » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:55 am

Ohio lawmakers have proposed a resolution calling on states to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution that limit federal power.

By Jackie Borchardt, cleveland.com

March 07, 2017

http://www.cleveland.com/politics/index ... l#comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio lawmakers who say the federal government is out of control are pushing for a constitutional convention to revise the country's governing document.

Article V of the Constitution outlines two ways to modify it -- by a two-thirds vote of Congress or through a convention called by two-thirds of the states

Eight states have called for a convention borrowing language from the Convention of States, a nonpartisan organization advocating for smaller government. Legislation adding Ohio to that list has been introduced in the Ohio House and Senate.

Why call a constitutional convention?

At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, delegates included language that gives the states the ability to call a convention to discuss amendments. Since then, the convention method has never been used to propose new amendments, but the threat of a convention has pushed Congress to act.

Ohio supporters say the federal government is too powerful and Congress doesn't have the political will to rein in spending or empower state governments.

Any amendments proposed by a constitutional convention would need the approval of 38 states to be adopted.

Cleveland Rep. Bill Patmon, the lone Democrat sponsoring the legislation, said it's time for states to use the constitutional convention route.

"Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness -- it's getting harder everyday under the oppression of the federal government which we created," Patmon said.

A similar effort in the House last session failed to move out of committee.

What would be changed?

The Ohio proposals specifically support amendments that:

Impose fiscal restraints on the federal government.
Limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.
Limit the terms of office for its officials and members of Congress.
But what the proposals actually might mean would be determined at the convention.

The Convention of States project is an effort backed by Citizens for Self Governance, an organization launched by one of the founders of Tea Party Patriots.

The group held a mock convention last year in which Patmon and other Ohio representatives participated.

Delegates proposed several amendments, including:

Requiring a two-thirds vote of Congress to increase the national debt.
Eliminating the income tax and requiring a three-fifths vote of both chambers to enact new taxes.
Limiting federal regulation of interstate commerce.
Adding 12-year term limits for representatives and senators.
State legislatures can repeal federal laws or rules by a vote of three-fifths of all states.
Who else wants a constitutional convention?

There are two other major efforts calling for a constitutional convention:

Wolf PAC: Wants to reverse the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down limits on corporation campaign expenditures.
Balanced Budget Amendment: Wants to require the federal government to pass balanced budgets.
Five states have passed Wolf PAC's resolution: Vermont, California, New Jersey, Illinois and Rhode Island. Wolf PAC was founded in 2011 by liberal commentator Cenk Uygur of "The Young Turks."

Ohio lawmakers approved the Balanced Budget Amendment in 2013. The measure explicitly pertained only to proposing a federal balanced budget amendment. Gov. John Kasich has traveled the country, championing the idea.

Wyoming became the 29th state to call for a balanced budget amendment via convention last week.

What are the arguments against a convention?

Critics say a constitutional convention is untested and would open the Constitution to partisan politics and deep-pocketed special interests.

A memo circulated Monday by Common Cause, a nonpartisan organization that advocates transparency in government, warned of a "runaway convention" that tackles issues beyond the intended scope.

"Anything could be brought up at any time and the threat of a runaway convention is real," Jay Riestenberg, campaigns and states media strategist for Common Cause, said in an interview. "There's no language on how it will work or how states would be represented and there's nothing to control it to one issue."

Riestenberg said the Convention of States language is especially broad and vague.

"Once you open up this box, anything could happen and that could mean rewriting the Bill of Rights," he said.
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Re: Ohio joins push for Constitutional Convention

Post by jserraglio » Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:11 pm

The New Yorker
MARCH 13, 2017

REPUBLICANS AND THE CONSTITUTION
Article V allows a method of proposing amendments that cuts Congress out entirely. This partisanship is just what our founders were trying to avoid.
By Jelani Cobb

More on the national GOP mvmt here -->>https://www.google.com/amp/www.newyorke ... tution/amp

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