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Year in review: Four HISTORIC wins for Convention of States

Published in Blog on December 26, 2022 by Jakob Fay

Those who dismiss our efforts to call the first-ever Article V Convention of States and say we are not making any progress seem to have forgotten the stunning successes procured by the movement in early 2022. Less than four months into the new year, four states had already passed the Convention of States resolution.

Read about each below:

Wisconsin - January 25

The new year had only just begun – and many were holding their breath, anxiously wondering if Convention of States had any chance of success in 2022 – when the Badger State passed our resolution, becoming the first in a string of states to do so.

“Thank goodness our Constitution has given the states and the people a framework to step in and save the Republic when Congress will not,” said State Senator Kathy Bernier. “Today we sent a message that Wisconsin stands ready to rein in federal overreach.

Read more about Convention of State’s first 2022 victory here.

Nebraska - January 28

Only three days after the victory in Wisconsin, Nebraska became the 17th state to pass the Convention of States resolution. The final vote was held by the state’s unicameral legislature, which voted 32 to 11 in favor of Article V.

In 2021, the Nebraska team encountered several setbacks in passing the resolution, but a stunning change of events – dubbed the “Miracle in Nebraska” – put our Article V legislation back on the table and set us up for an early 2022 victory.

Read the thrilling story here.

West Virginia - March 4

A few weeks later, the Mountain State threw its official support behind the Article V movement, passing the Convention of States resolution in both legislative chambers in a single day!

The House came first, passing our resolution on a 77-19-4 vote. The bill was then rushed over to the Senate, where it passed less than an hour later.

“Today we made history," said West Virginia State Delegate Chris Pritt. "The West Virginia House of Delegates sent a clear message that an ever-expanding federal government is unacceptable.”

Learn more about this historic moment in COS history!

South Carolina - March 29

State 19 came less than a month later.

Due to an unusual procedure in South Carolina, the resolution required Governor Henry McMaster’s signature (although this is not required by the Constitution). Thankfully, McMaster was more than happy to throw his support behind our efforts to end federal tyranny.

“As elections have repeatedly failed to reverse this course, I believe that the time has come to utilize the mechanism expressly available to the States in Article V, often called a “Convention of States,” he wrote in a powerful letter of support.

“Two thirds of the States must issue the call. Whether an Article V Convention would ultimately be held or propose amendments to the Constitution remains to be seen. However, I believe, at a minimum, this action will awaken and consolidate the attention and patriotism of the people to the threats to their liberties, with beneficial and consequential impact on the Congress to the same ends.”

Click here to read more of Governor McMaster’s letter.

Convention of States Action is thankful to God and our incredible army of grassroots patriots for these momentous victories. The American people are sick and tired of federal overreach and have invested countless hours to reining in our runaway government once and for all. We are thrilled to see what 2023 holds for Convention of States. To join us in the fight, sign the petition below!

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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.

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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: https://conventionofstates.com/handbook_pdf

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