A growing group of state lawmakers from across the country are exploring ways to limit the power of the federal government by using a seldom-referenced clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Last week, the President Pro Tempore of the Indiana State Senate
David Long (R-Fort Wayne) joined an effort to explore convening a
Constitutional convention pursuant to Article V of the Constitution.
Long joins legislators from Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin who
have all signed a letter calling for every state to send a three-person
bipartisan delegation to George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon,
Virginia on December 7th.
The purpose of the Mount Vernon Assembly is to plan an Article V
Constitutional Convention. The exact nature of proposed amendments is
Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides a way from state
legislatures to amend the country’s most authoritative founding
document. Under Article V, two-thirds of state legislatures may call on
Congress to convene a convention, and three-fourths of states can vote
to ratify any amendments – without or without Congress’ approval.
There has never been an Article V convention.