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Senate set to pass Convention of States resolution

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — The state Senate is poised to pass a resolution today that would make Wisconsin the 16th state calling for a convention of states to rein in the ever-expanding federal government.

The Republican-controlled Assembly approved the resolution last year, opening the door to final passage in the Republican-controlled Senate before the clock ticks down on an election-year abbreviated legislative session set to gavel out in early March.

“We’ve all seen a federal government that has gone off the rails for some time now. Anything we can do to put limitations on the federal government certainly is long overdue in many of these areas that fall into the Convention of States,” said Sen. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere).

Article V of the U.S. Constitution gives states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments. It takes 34 states to call the convention and 38 to ratify any amendments that are proposed. Proponents of this effort, led nationally by Convention of States Action, say the resolutions would only allow the states to discuss amendments that, “limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and place term limits on federal officials.”

Some lawmakers have raised concerns about a “run-away convention” that would open the door to all manner of constitutional amendments, from the right and the left.

Conservative activist Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action, said those fears are not warranted because the movement is limited to three specific amendment proposals — nothing more.

Others want to specifically focus on a federal balanced budget amendment. Several states have signed up in support of that Article V convention.

At least eight states, including Wisconsin, have passed Convention of States resolutions (on the three amendments) in one legislative house. Several more have active legislation this year.

Meckler said liberal control of the White House and congress has sparked increasing interest in the movement.

“What we are witnessing is a radical administration that is ruling by executive fiat. The only way to rein that in at the state level is through the Legislature, and the only way to do that at the federal level is through a Convention of States,” Meckler told Empower Wisconsin last year.

Wisconsin has gotten close to marking its name on constitutional history, Jacque said

“I think a lot of people look to Wisconsin (as a leader in the movement). It has been very interesting over the years, we’ve been close to getting over the finish line over the past several legislative sessions,” the senator said.

Today, it appears the finish line is at hand.

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4 thoughts on “Senate set to pass Convention of States resolution

  • Congressional Records show hundreds of applications have been passed, the states have legally satisfied the convention clause, and each member of the 117th Congress is/are the latest to engage in federal criminal activity by NOT calling the Article V Convention. Get the facts at FOAVC.org

  • Our government has become corrupt, especially now with the Biden Administration and the Evers Administration. Government is supposed to serve the people and that ain’t happening, not by a long shot. The covid pandemic is criminal and a crime against humanity.

  • This is outstanding in a general sense because our close to conservative controlled legislature is finally taking the stand I have begged them to do for “YEARS”. The Article V was written into the Federal Constitution because the Founders were aware of the inevitability of political corruption. It was also a work-a-round to the abuse of the Tenth Amendment which we see happening all the time. The States Rights Amendment was summarily abused by none other than Abraham Lincoln and has been neutered ever since. When government officials favor partisanship over the public’s wishes the Article V can be the difference in favor of the public. Of course the politicians will create much fear mongering about the Article V because it takes some power away from them. But as we are witnessing right now, that is an action we sorely need. An Article V Convention is the only way the citizens have to “reign in the government elitists”. With all that said, it will all be “moot” if joining the move for the convention can be vetoed by the governor because we all know what Evil Evers will do. He has absolutely no true allegiance to the people of Wisconsin that do not support his radical socialist agenda.

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