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Montana legislators reject will of constituents with Convention of States vote

Published in Blog on February 12, 2021 by Convention Of States

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The Convention of States Resolution failed to garner enough votes in the Montana Senate this week after senators representing the bulk of the state's rural areas were outvoted by those representing its urban areas.

The 26-24 defeat is a setback for our team in Montana, but they're not discouraged. 

Why? Because they've succeeded in convincing the majority of Montana that a Convention of States is the best option to rein in an out-of-control federal government. 

Our Montana State Director created this map that shows the portions of the states represented by the legislators who voted on the Convention of States Resolution. The red, rural areas are represented by legislators who voted for a Convention of States; the blue, urban areas are those that voted against.

As you can see, most of the state supports our efforts, but we were blocked by legislators representing urban areas of Montana. 

After being tabled in committee, the Convention of States Resolution secured the 26 votes necessary to be heard by the full Senate. But then, at the last minute, a senator switched his vote, and the Resolution failed.

But we've faced adversity before. Our team in Montana isn't discouraged, and neither are our volunteer teams in the other states working to pass our Resolution.

We may have lost the vote, but we've won the state. It's only a matter of time before Montana citizens assert their will and compel their representatives to call for the first-ever Article V Convention of States.

We're working in states across the country, and you can join the fight! Sign the petition below to get involved with the Convention of States team in your state.

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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 for proposing needed amendments to the Constitution. This process does not require the consent of the federal government in Washington, DC.

I support the Convention of States Project; a national effort 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 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: https://conventionofstates.com/handbook_pdf

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Thank you so much for your service to the people of our district.

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