On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Arizona State House Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility Committee met for the third day in a row for further discussion, debate and finally a vote on HCR2027 Calling for A Convention of States for the Purpose of Proposing Amendments to the U.S. Constitution; and HB2305 Joining a Compact of States to Propose a Balanced Budget Amendment under Article V of the United States Constitution.
Both items passed in committee, and were sent to the full house with a “Do Pass” recommendation.
Just to be clear, both of these proposals are authorized under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. They involve local, state-driven efforts that are independent of Congress to propose amendments to the Constitution; amendments, which then would be sent out to the several states for ratification. Neither of them is a radical “constitutional convention” that would be extra-judicial and would never be used except by those wishing to scrap our current form of government and establish a new one.
A Convention of States is a very well defined, carefully regulated process for the people of each state to propose to those in the other states ideas that are limited exclusively to curtailing the power and authority of the federal government; ideas that currently enjoy broad support by Americans of both major political parties, both genders, all age groups, and people from all across the economic spectrum, ideas that Congress simply refuses to address.
Fortunately, the Founders wrote into the Constitution a little-known but very powerful method whereby we the people could propose these ideas for consideration by all, should there ever come a time when the Congress would fail in its responsibility to do so. That time has come.
This is happening, folks. Arizona now joins at least eight other states that are currently moving similar bills through their respective legislatures, and this is just since the movement formally began at the beginning of the year!
If you are an out-of-state subscriber to the Payson Roundup, here’s a Web site that will provide you with everything you need to find out where your state is (or isn’t) in what will most certainly be the most important constitutionally conservative political movement in modern history.
Convention of States Project: http://conventionofstates.com/
If you are in Arizona and want to keep tabs on the progress of these bills, or better yet, get involved, then why not do like the president — pick up a phone or grab a pen! Below is a link to the state Legislature’s Web site. This is a grass roots movement, and its success depends entirely on folks like us contacting our legislators to express our support, and to encourage theirs.
Arizona State Legislature: http://www.azleg. gov/
Article V — It’s a solution as big as the problem.