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Bi-Partisan Committees of State Delegates Discuss Article V Convention Specifics

So far this year, three States have passed an application to call a Constitutional Convention, and legislators from 14 additional States are committing to filing applications in 2015.

In theory, Congress must call a convention if a total of 34 States pass an application to propose constitutional amendments, where the same number of States would then have to ratify the proposed amendments in order to take effect.

Recently, over a hundred State legislators from 33 States got together in Indiana to begin establishing ground rules for such a convention:

This group, the Assembly of State Legislatures (formerly the Mt. Vernon Assembly), hammered out some processes to which the states could possibly agree upon via resolution. They made decisions about how to officially adopt delegates and procedural protocols based on historical precedence. Two of the issues decided were:

1. All states at an Article V gathering will receive one vote, to comply with historical precedent.
2. Mason’s Manual, the parliamentary manual designed specifically for state legislatures, will be the basic source for convention rules.

Three committees were formed from this meeting — to be co-chaired by Democrats and Republicans — regarding Rules and Procedures, Judiciary, and Planning, Communication and Finance. These committees will finalize recommendations for the next Assembly of State Legislatures, likely in December.

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