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to call for a

Convention of States!


Texas COS References

Texas Becomes State #11 To Call For A Convention of States

Texas Legislator's Contact Information


Details of 2017 Texas 85th Session COS Resolutions:

Senate SJR 2

Texas Legislature Online Main Page
Senate State Affairs Committee Hearing (2/16/17)
Senate State Affairs Committee Vote (2/16/17)   Blog post
Senate Floor Vote (2/28/17)   Blog post

House HJR 39

Texas Legislature Online Main Page
House Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility Hearing (4/13/17)  Blog post
House Committee Vote (4/20/17)  Blog post
Call to Action to Correct SJR 2 (4/21/17)
House Floor Vote SJR 2 (5/4/17)  FINAL PASSAGE!!!  Blog post

COS Texas warriors react to hard-fought victory!

COS Warriors Celebrate at Governor's Manson (6/3/17)


2017 Legislation Related to COS Resolution:

SB 21

Bill which defines how delegates and alternates to an Article V convention will be selected and controlled. Delegates and alternates are selected by the House and Senate from their members, with 3 of each from the House and 2 of each from the Senate.

SJR 38

Resolution which rescinds all pre-existing Article V applications, except for HCR 31 (for balanced budget - 1977), and imposes an automatic sunset of 8 years on any Article V application submitted during or after the 2017 session (this includes SJR 2).


States With Passed COSP Article V Resolution


Video Messages from Texas Governor Abbott

Gov. Abbott Unveils Texas Plan Jan 11, 2016

Gov. Greg Abbott Endorses Article V Convention of States! Mar 16, 2016

Greg Abbott Speaks to Convention of States Texas Activists Dec 7, 2016

Governor Declares Convention of States an Emergency Item! Jan 31, 2017

Texas Governor Puts D.C. on Notice! Jan 31, 2017

Now is the time for a Convention of States Oct 9, 2017

What it takes to pass Convention of States Dec 19, 2017

General References:

Convention of States Project Wiki

Article V Info Center (Independence Institute)

Our American Constitution: Article V

Restoring the Rule of Law (The Texas Plan, Governor Greg Abbott)

Texas Governor Abbott Supports Convention of States

Government Follows a 3,000 Page Constitution

PragerU COS Video

Texas Legislature References:

Texas Legislature Online (10 minute training video)

Live Broadcasts and Archives: House  Senate (3 minute training video)

Texas COS References:

Mike Farris, Tom Colburn, House Committee Hearing, Feb 26, 2015

COS Texas Testimony, House Committee Hearing, Mar 12, 2015

COS Texas Testimony, House Committee Hearing, Mar 19, 2015

No COS Testimony, House Committee Vote on HJR 77, Apr 9, 2015

COS Texas Testimony, Senate Committee, May 25, 2015

Texas State of the State Address (COS Highlights Video), January 31, 2017

COS Texas Testimony, Senate Committee, February 16, 2017

Texas Senate Floor Debate, February 28, 2017

COS Texas Testimony, House Committee, April 13, 2017

Texas COS YouTube Playlist

COS Minute (by Melanie Kriewaldt):

COS Minute #1 (3/14/17)

COS Minute #2 (3/14/17)

COS Minute #3 (3/17/17)

COS Minute #4 (3/21/17)

COS Minute #5 (3/27/17)

COS Minute #6 (3/30/17)

COS Minute #7 (4/27/17)

COS Minute #8 (8/12/17)

COS Year in Review Videos






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Physicians for COS

The diagnosis is clear.

We have a growing cancer today known as the Obamacare. As a result physicians are no longer free to practice medicine.

No profession feels the full force of the federal government more than physicians. The medical profession is the most highly regulated profession in the United States. The practice of medicine is controlled, taxed, and regulated to the point of being destroyed by the heavy hand of the federal government.

Physicians are told how to bill, how much to charge, and how to treat patients. They are mandated to use expensive electronic medical records. The federally enacted HIPPA (Health Information Privacy and Portability Act) makes the communication between physicians and atients burdensome, inefficient,and expensive. Every physician is required by federal mandate to register with the government to obtain an NPI (national provider identifier.) We are required by federal law to obtain and pay for a license to prescribe medication through the DEA, which is separate from our state licensure.

This heavy hand of government not only oversees the largest federal health bureaucracy ever created, but by extension reaches into every state, every city, and every small town to regulate how every licensed physician practices the art of medicine and how citizens obtain care.

The treatment is also clear.

The prescription for a cure was written into our constitution by our founders. Article V of our constitution allows for the states to call for a convention of states to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government through the proposal of constitutional amendments. Physicians should be the strongest supporters of this brilliantly-crafted states’ rights tool placed into our constitution by our founders.

I urge my fellow American physicians to join with me in supporting an Article V Convention of States to take back control of the practice of medicine. It’s the only way that we can return the practice of medicine back to the intimate relationship between a doctor and patient without interference by the heavy hand of a distant, national government.

Jeffrey I. Barke, M.D. Family Physician Newport Beach, CA
Convention of states action

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