State Of Alabama Joins Call For Convention Of States

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According to Article V of the U.S. Constitution, a convention of the states can be convened if thirty-four states or two-thirds of the state legislatures call for it. Why would the states need to call for a convention, you ask? Well, to call for an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, of course.

Last week, the state of Alabama joined twenty-seven other states calling for a Constitutional Convention.


It takes an affirmative vote from three-fourths (38) of the states to actually amend the constitution. Each state would only get one vote on proposed amendments.

The resolution passed today by the Alabama House strictly limits the purpose of the proposed convention to three areas:

1) imposing fiscal restraints on the federal government through a balanced budget amendment;
2) limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government; and
3) implementing term limits on federal elected officials.

From what I gather, the trick is going to be stopping the convention from becoming a runaway. That means that should a convention be formally called, the scope of the convention has got to remain very narrow. The focus MUST remain on the specific reasons listed.

Be sure to read the article in it’s entirety. It’s worth the read.