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Utah Rep. Merrill Nelson: Article V is the Founders' fix for a broken federal government

Published in Blog on March 13, 2019 by Convention Of States

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Utah State Representative Merrill Nelson has a profound respect for the Constitution. He also recognizes, as the Founders did, that the federal government has usurped the limitations of our governing document and made certain amendments necessary.

Those amendments will not reinterpret the Framer's words, as activist Supreme Courts have done for the last century. Rather, these amendments will restore the Founders' original intent by limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

Thanks in part to Rep. Nelson's powerful words, Utah became the 14th state in history to call for a Convention of States.

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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 Handbook for Legislators and Citizens (which explains the process and answers many questions) here:

I ask that you support the Convention of States Project and consider becoming a co-sponsor of the resolution. Please respond to my request by informing the national COS team of your position, or sending them any questions you may have: or (540) 441-7227.

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

Respectfully, [Your Name]

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