Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2-19-14 assembly passes constitutional convention resolution

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a resolution calling for a convention of states to develop a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The group Citizens for Self-Governance, led by Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler, has launched a national push for a convention to craft the amendment. The group contends Congress will never move such an amendment forward on its own.  Thirty-four states must request such a convention before Congress can authorize it. The Wisconsin resolution's author, Republican Rep. Chris Kapenga, says about 20 states have already passed a convention resolution.  Assembly Republicans passed the resolution on a 58-38 party line vote Tuesday. They also passed a Kapenga bill establishing a five-person convention delegation by the same margin.  Both proposals now go to the state Senate.

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