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Oklahoma becomes the 7th state to call for a Convention of States under Article V to restore the balance of power between the federal government and the states

Published in Blog on July 16, 2017 by Convention of States Project

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK., April 26—Oklahoma’s 55th Legislature made history yesterday as the Senate voted 30 - 16 to pass Senate Joint Resolution 4 (SJR4), which calls for a Convention of States to propose constitutional amendments under Article V of the United States Constitution. The Oklahoma House passed SJR4 last week 57 – 33. The resolution calls for a convention to propose amendments on the following topics: “impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.”

“Today, Oklahoma citizens and legislators had the courage to use the Founders tool that is Article V by passing SJR4, making Oklahoma the seventh state to pass the Convention of States Resolution,” stated Tom Coburn, former U. S. Senator (OK). “It is heartening to see the hallmarks of true statesmanship exhibited this session by representatives in my state.”

“The so-called political elite in Washington, D.C., have been ignoring the will of their constituents for years,” said Mark Meckler, President of Citizens for Self-Governance and co-founder of the Convention of States Project. “The people and the states created the federal government, and today Oklahoma asserted its rightful authority and took the first steps toward limiting the power, scope, and jurisdiction of Washington, D.C. Our COS Project team in The Sooner State did a fantastic job, and I’m honored to work with such dedicated patriots.”

SJR4 is sponsored in the Senate by Senator Rob Standridge (15) and in the House by Representative Gary Banz (101). Eight additional senators and five additional representatives signed their name to the resolution as co-authors. The resolution was also bolstered by an active and quickly growing grassroots organization with more than 8,500 Oklahomans choosing liberty.

“Today, Oklahoma stands shoulder to shoulder in agreement with the other states who believe the federal government is out of control,” said Senator Rob Standridge (SD-15). “I concur with Col. William Barton (RI), revolutionary war hero, who said during the Rhode Island Constitutional ratifying convention that the state provision in Article V ‘should be written in letters of gold.’”

“Today we took the step to ensure that the next generation has a safe and secure Republic,” said Rep. Gary Banz (HD-101). “Oklahoma wants to be a part of the conversation about restoring a balance between the states and the federal government.”

More and more statesmen and constitutional experts are stepping up to urge citizens and state legislators to use this constitutional tool before it is too late. Recent endorsements include Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, American economist Thomas Sowell, Senator Marco Rubio, and South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan. They join the ranks of other well-known political figures such as retired U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (OK), Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Sarah Palin, Gov. John Kasich, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Col. Allen West.

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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.

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