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Arkansas becomes state #13 to pass the Convention of States resolution

Published in Blog Hottest on February 13, 2019 by Kyle Key

Little Rock, AR, February 14, 2019 – Convention of States Action, the largest Article V grassroots organization in the country, is pleased to announce that today Arkansas became the 13th state to call for an Article V convention to propose constitutional amendments that impose fiscal restraints on Washington, limit its power and jurisdiction, and set term limits for federal officials.

“We are very excited that Arkansas has become the 13th state to pass the Convention of States resolution,” said Mark Meckler, President of Convention of States Action. “This success is the result of incredible grassroots effort in conjunction with great legislative champions. It’s a great way to start the year!”

“Almost seventy percent of the people of Arkansas favor this Article V convention,” said Sen. Gary Stubblefield, referring to a study conducted by the Trafalgar Group. “This isn’t a Democrat issue or a Republican issue. It’s an American issue.” 

“We are fortunate to vote for a resolution that provides a solution as big as the problem,” said Rep. Austin McCollum, a primary sponsor along with Sen. Stubblefield. In addition, the efforts of House Majority Leader Rep. Marcus Richmond were invaluable to final passage.

“The wonderful people of Arkansas recognize the need to correct the direction in Washington, and their legislators have responded,” said former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, a COSA Senior Advisor.

Convention of States Arkansas volunteers called, emailed, visited, and sent hundreds of handwritten letters to legislators urging them to pass the resolution.

“The liberty bell rings loud in Arkansas,” said Bud Cornwell, State Director for Convention of States Arkansas. “The passion in Arkansas exceeded any partisan divide. The oath I took as a Marine to protect and defend the Constitution 20 years ago came true today passing the Convention of States legislation.”

“Convention of States volunteers and Arkansas legislators stood their ground today to show we are the ones who decide,” said Randy Alexander, Legislative Liaison for Convention of States Arkansas.

“Arkansas exemplifies self governance," said Brandon Benson, Regional Director for COSA. "They took charge of this process in getting SJR3 passed from step one clear to completion. While the vote on Convention of States is complete, the Arkansas team understands the work is just getting started.

"Now they will continue the mission of fighting for limited government. I was amazed after the vote at the number of supporters who were asking what more they could do! That’s the spirit of this movement in action. We don’t stop.”

About Convention of States Action
Convention of States Action is currently organized in all 50 states, including over three million volunteers, supporters and advocates committed to stopping the federal government’s abuse of power. Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Indiana, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Arizona, Missouri, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana have passed our Article V resolution since the project’s founding in 2013. For more information visit

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