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PowerUp Podcast: Rep. Knodl on Convention of States

Empower Wisconsin | March 5,  2020  

MADISON — U.S. debt stands at more than $23 trillion. That’s about $180,000 per American household. 

Something’s got to give. 

State Rep. Dan Knodl says it’s long overdue that the states come together and fix the federal government. 

The Germantown Republican is co-author of a resolution calling on Wisconsin to join a Convention of States. The measure, which recently passed in the Assembly, is ultimately about bringing together delegates to consider three changes to the constitution — a balanced budget amendment, limitations on federal authority, and term limits.   

“It would require congress to call a convention. States would send their delegates who could propose amendments to the constitution,” Knodl told Empower Wisconsin’s Matt Kittle last week on the Jay Weber Show, on NewsTalk 1130 WISN. 

He said a “fear factor” and “hollow threats” have made some conservatives leery of the Convention of States resolution, that it could somehow open the door for all kinds of unwanted changes to the constitution. 

But the application for a convention strictly specifies the amendments up for consideration. The threshold to even call the convention is high, requiring 34 states to sign on. Should the Senate approve, Wisconsin would become the 16th state to join the COS lineup. Because it’s a resolution, Gov. Tony Evers is not required to sign the measure — or veto it, as he is wont to do. 

It would take approval from 38 states to ratify an amendment, a threshold last reached in 1992 with the ratification of the27th Amendment. 

Rep. Knodl is Empower Wisconsin’s guest on this edition of the PowerUp Podcast. 

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