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COS grassroots raise the roof in crucial Colorado committee hearing

Published in Blog on April 23, 2024 by Jakob Fay

The Colorado State House Committee on Civic, Military, and Veterans Affairs hosted a public hearing on the Convention of States movement on Tuesday. During the hearing, grassroots leaders from the state and COS co-founder Michael Farris testified in favor of an Article V convention to rein in federal spending, power, and terms of office. Although the committee ultimately failed to pass the resolution, the Colorado team garnered accolades for its “powerful” performance. 

“The team was… poised and prepared,” praised Regional Director Deanna Becket. “They have been working on this testimony for probably a couple months now…. We need more people like these folks.”

She also pointed out that several committee members appeared to have been influenced by the testimony, despite the unsuccessful vote. “With just a little more education,” she expressed her belief that they could be persuaded to pass the measure.

“Today, with all the debt created by the power-grabbing federal government and career politicians, We the People must choose to change [the] course of the actions of our federal government,” declared one supporter. “Today, I humbly request that you adopt the Convention of States resolution… so that all of our children and grandchildren can live as freely as we have.”

During Dr. Michael Farris’s testimony, the renowned constitutional attorney explored the various safeguards for an Article V convention, debunking several common myths about the process. Later, one representative dismissed those myths as mere fearmongering, pointing out that COS opponents cannot offer a viable alternative solution to the problem.

“I’m just not hearing, from opponents, actual arguments... about why [I should] vote no,” she said. “It feels like fearmongering…. The claims that it [the convention] could run amok… that’s just way too esoteric. I’m not convinced enough that those are reasons I should vote no.”

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With over 54,000 petition signers in the state, the team secured nearly three hours of impressive supporter testimony. And despite this temporary setback, they have no intention of giving up. Later this week, for example, grassroots activists will return to the capitol for their 2024 Rally event, advocating once again for their legislators to adopt the Article V application.

“The COS grassroots in Colorado want this to happen,” expressed Mark Meckler, who will headline the rally on Friday. “Over 54,000 petition signers in the state have contributed their voices to the chorus of calls for an Article V convention. I am honored to stand alongside them as we present this timely message to their state legislators: the time to act is now!”

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Almost everyone knows that our federal government is on a dangerous course. The unsustainable debt combined with crushing regulations on states and businesses is a recipe for disaster.

What is less known is that the Founders gave state legislatures the power to act as a final check on abuses of power by Washington, DC. Article V of the U.S. Constitution authorizes the state legislatures to call a convention to proposing needed amendments to the Constitution. This process does not require the consent of the federal government in Washington DC.

I support Convention of States; a national movement to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution, restricted to proposing amendments that will impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on its officials and members of Congress.

I want our state to be one of the necessary 34 states to pass a resolution calling for this kind of an Article V convention. You can find a copy of the model resolution and the Article V Pocket Guide (which explains the process and answers many questions) here:

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