Ed. Note: The Convention of States movement has picked up steam in the New Year, with 11 states now taking legislative action to make an application for a convention under Article V of the Constitution. Mark Meckler, who recently took part in a panel at the Texas Policy Foundation's meeting in Austin, has a more positive take on its chances for success. Republished from The Conservative Tribune, January 23, 2015.
At least one conservative group has announced that it believes a Convention of the States could be convened before the end of 2015.
Convention of States Project co-founder Mark Meckler said that, with Republicans now in control of 31 state legislatures, meeting the 34-state threshold necessary to force Congress to call the Article 5 convention has become much more attainable.
State legislatures in Arizona, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia and Wyoming are currently considering resolutions to request such a convention.
“It’s an ambitious goal that if you asked me last year I wouldn’t have been as certain, but that was before November 2014,” Meckler told TheBlaze.
“Now, Republicans control 31 state legislatures,” he added. “There has been a radical sea change at the state level.
There are some hiccups, however, The Blaze reported.
Meckler’s group supports an open convention that would consider a number of controls on the federal government, but only three states — Alaska, Florida and Georgia — have passed such broad resolutions so far.
Resolutions calling for a limited convention to draft a balanced budget amendment have been approved by 24 states, but even those do not contain identical language.
“Our strategy is to prevent litigation,” Meckler said. “The language is not identical for the (balanced budget) resolutions. If it gets to 34, someone will question, do we really have 34 states?”
“I hate litigation,” he added.
Under Article 5 of the Constitution, Congress must call a Convention of the States if two-thirds, or 34, states pass resolutions calling on them to do so. If amendments are approved by the convention, they would not take effect unless and until ratified by three-fourths, or 38, of the states.
Meckler’s Convention of the States Project has worked with state lawmakers to draft resolutions with identical language calling for “fiscal restraint, limiting the scope and jurisdiction of the federal government and term limits for members of Congress,” The Blaze reported.
“I have nothing against a balanced budget amendment,” he explained. “You would get a balanced budget amendment under our approach. But we have a big tent approach.”
Meckler’s hope to have 34 identical resolutions passed in 2015 calling for an Article 5 convention seems audacious, but stranger things have happened. The American Revolution itself was astoundingly audacious, but that turned out pretty well.
And one thing seems certain — the career politicians of Congress in either party are not going to reform themselves.
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