Senate Votes for Constitutional Convention of the States

Beckley Register-Herald, Bluefield Daily Telegraph - The State Senate voted Tuesday to join five other states in demanding Congress call a Constitutional Convention of States, "limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress." Read

The West Virginia resolution is identical to a model adopted by the American Legislative Exchange Council in September 2015.

The resolution was introduced by Sen. Robert Karnes, R-Upshur, and co-sponsored by 10 other members of the GOP.

In a similar resolution last year, the convention would have been called to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.

Thirty-four states would have to agree to the same language to call the convention to propose amendments, which must then be ratified by three-fourths (38) of the states.

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