FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Michael Rumbaugh, TX State Media Liaison, HD109
Convention of States Reaches Halfway Mark
NE and WI Latest States to Call for Convention to Rein in Federal Government Overreach
(Austin, TX—January 31, 2022) Convention of States Action (COSA), an organization of more than 5 million active grassroots volunteers representing every state legislative district in the nation, focuses on restoring a culture of self-governance in America. The organization is announcing today the 17th state legislature to pass a resolution officially calling for a Convention of States. Nebraska was one of 3 states last week—joined by South Dakota and Wisconsin—to vote on resolutions calling states to gather and propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution to rein in the powers of the federal government, curb government spending, and require term limits for Congress. Wisconsin’s legislature passed their resolution on Tuesday and the South Dakota resolution has passed the house and is headed to the senate next.
“We are now officially at the halfway mark for the number of states the Constitution requires to call a Convention of States to permanently limit the gross overreach of the federal government and restore balance to the republic based on the original design of our founders,” said Mark Meckler, President of Convention of States Action. “These grassroots victories have been years in the making but have accelerated rapidly in the last year, as more and more Americans realize the dangers of an out-of-control Washington, D.C., and the true power that average citizens have if they organize and refuse to surrender their God-given rights.”
Article V of the U.S. Constitution gives states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments to the Constitution.
- It takes 34 states to call a Convention of States and 38 to ratify any amendments that are proposed.
- The resolutions that have been passed by states specify the convention can only discuss amendments that “limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and place term limits on federal officials.”
- States that have passed the Convention of States Resolution: Georgia, Alaska, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Indiana, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arizona, North Dakota, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Utah, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Nebraska.
- On Friday, January 28th, the Nebraska state legislature passed a resolution calling for a Convention of States with a vote of 32 yea, 11 nay and 4 not voting.
- On Tuesday, January 25th, the Wisconsin legislature officially called for a Convention of States with the Wisconsin State House passing a resolution on a 17-16 vote, with the Senate concurring.
- The South Dakota legislature passed a Convention of States Resolution through their house chamber, and the resolution now moves to the South Dakota Senate.
About Convention of States Action—Boasting a grassroots network of over 5 million supporters and volunteers, Convention of States’ mission is to restore a culture of self-governance in America and to curtail federal overreach. Its primary focus in accomplishing this mission is using a limited Article V Convention to propose constitutional amendments that impose limitations on the size and scope of the federal government, including a balanced budget requirement and term limits for federal officials.