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Thursday, February 10, 2011

House panel rejects call for constitutional convention

A House committee has rejected a bid by Rep. Brad Daw to convince the Legislature to call for a national convention to add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Under Article V of the Constitution, a majority of the states can initiate such a convention. The amendment that Daw, R-Orem, supports would make it impossible for Congress to raise the U.S. debt limit.
The limit currently stands at $14.3 trillion and Congress is expected to vote soon on whether to raise it again.
But various conservative groups, including the Eagle Forum, the John Birch Society, the 9/12 Project and others argued that calling a constitutional convention would open a Pandora’s Box and any amendment could be on the table.
HJR14 failed on a 5-5 vote, with conservative Republicans joining the panel’s Democrats. Rep. Dave Clark, R-Santa Clara, who was proposing a constitutional convention for an amendment that would allow states to repeal federal laws, asked the committee to postpone voting on his bill after seeing the fate of Daw’s proposal.

Read entire article at The Salt Lake Tribune

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