Heads up! The legislators are starting with dangerous resolutions already… and we’re barely into the new legislative session! They’ve drafted alarming legislation for an Article V Amendment (Con-Con) resolution, and it looks like on Thursday morning, January 24, 2019, this resolution calling for a constitutional convention will come up in the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee.
THIS RESOLUTION DOES NOT NEED TO BE ALLOWED TO PASS OUT OF COMMITTEE!
It would fundamentally change our government… for the worse!
We should be outraged at the behavior of our Republican-led lawmakers for even allowing this legislation to be drafted!
Part of the title of the Resolution is: “Applying to the United States Congress to call a convention for proposing amendments pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution…”
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED: Contact the Senators of the State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee listed below by phone and email, and ask them to VOTE NO on SJR3 because delegates would have the right, as recognized in the 2nd paragraph of our Declaration of Independence to throw off the Constitution we have and write a new constitution. This is unacceptable!
As you can see listed below, the sponsor and co-sponsors of the bill are numerous, and most of them are on the committee to which the bill was referred. Looks like the deck has been stacked against us and the outcome to scrap our current U.S. Constitution has been PREdetermined!
Be sure to pass this alert on to your contact lists!
Shown directly below is the text of the bill currently (as of the 3rd Draft, 1/14/2019). Click here to view it as a PDF.
Stricken language would be deleted from and underlined language would be added to the Arkansas Constitution.
1 State of Arkansas
2 92nd General Assembly
3 Regular Session, 2019 SJR 3
5 By: Senators G. Stubblefield, Caldwell, Hickey, Hill, Rice, Flippo, A. Clark, Hester, B. Ballinger, Rapert,
6 D. Wallace, Bledsoe, K. Hammer, J. Cooper, T. Garner, Irvin, B. Davis
8 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION
9 APPLYING TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO CALL A
10 CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING AMENDMENTS PURSUANT TO
11 ARTICLE V OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, LIMITED
12 TO PROPOSING AMENDMENTS THAT IMPOSE FISCAL RESTRAINTS
13 ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, LIMIT THE POWER AND
14 JURISDICTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND LIMIT THE
15 TERMS OF OFFICE FOR ITS OFFICIALS AND FOR MEMBERS OF
16 THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS.
20 APPLYING TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO
21 CALL A CONVENTION FOR PROPOSING
22 AMENDMENTS PURSUANT TO ARTICLE V OF THE
23 UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.
26 WHEREAS, the founders of the United States Constitution empowered state
27 legislators to be guardians of liberty against excessive use of power by the
28 federal government; and
30 WHEREAS, the federal government has created a crushing national debt
31 through improper and imprudent spending; and
33 WHEREAS, the federal government has ceased to operate under a proper
34 interpretation of the United States Constitution; and
36 WHEREAS, the federal government has invaded the legitimate roles of the
1 states through the manipulative process of federal mandates, most of which
2 are unfunded to a great extent; and
4 WHEREAS, it is the solemn duty of the states to protect the liberty of
5 our people, particularly for the generations to come, by proposing amendments
6 to the United States Constitution through a convention of the states under
7 Article V of the United States Constitution for the purpose of restraining
8 these and related abuses of power,
10 NOW THEREFORE,
11 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE
12 STATE OF ARKANSAS AND BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, A MAJORITY OF ALL
13 MEMBERS ELECTED TO EACH HOUSE AGREEING THERETO:
15 THAT the General Assembly hereby applies to the United States Congress,
16 under the provisions of Article V of the United States Constitution, for the
17 calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing amendments to the
18 United States Constitution that impose fiscal restraints on the federal
19 government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and
20 limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of the United
21 States Congress.
23 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Secretary of the Senate is hereby
24 directed to transmit copies of this application to the President of the
25 United States Senate, the Secretary of the United States Senate, the Speaker
26 of the United States House of Representatives, the Clerk of the United States
27 House of Representatives, the members of the Arkansas congressional
28 delegation, and the presiding officers of each house of the legislatures in
29 the several states, requesting their cooperation.
31 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this application constitutes a continuing
32 application in accordance with Article V of the United States Constitution
33 until the legislatures of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the several states
34 have made applications on the same subject.
36 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the General Assembly adopts this
1 application expressly subject to the following reservations, understandings,
2 and declarations:
3 (1) An application to the United States Congress to call an
4 amendment convention of the states pursuant to Article V of the United States
5 Constitution confers no power to the United States Congress other than the
6 power to call such a convention. The power of the United States Congress to
7 exercise this ministerial duty consists solely of the authority to name a
8 reasonable time and place for the initial meeting of a convention;
9 (2) The United States Congress shall perform its ministerial
10 duty of calling an amendment convention of the states only upon the receipt
11 of applications for an amendment convention for the substantially same
12 purpose as this application from two-thirds (2/3) of the legislatures of the
13 several states;
14 (3) The United States Congress does not have the power or
15 authority to determine any rules for the governing of a convention for
16 proposing amendments called pursuant to Article V of the United States
17 Constitution. The United States Congress does not have the power to set the
18 number of delegates to be sent by any state to such a convention, nor does it
19 have the power to name delegates to such a convention. The power to name
20 delegates remains exclusively within the authority of the legislatures of the
21 several states;
22 (4) By definition, an amendment convention of the states means
23 that states shall vote on the basis of one (1) state, one (1) vote;
24 (5) A convention for proposing amendments convened pursuant to
25 this application shall be limited to consideration of the topics specified
26 herein and no other. This application is made with the express understanding
27 that an amendment that in any way seeks to amend, modify, or repeal any
28 provision of the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution shall not
29 be authorized for consideration at any stage. This application shall be void
30 ab initio if ever used at any stage to consider any change to any provision
31 of the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution;
32 (6) Pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution,
33 the United States Congress may determine whether proposed amendments shall be 34 ratified by the legislatures of the several states or by special state
35 ratification conventions. The General Assembly recommends that the United
36 States Congress select ratification by the legislatures of the several
1 states; and
2 (7) The General Assembly may provide further instructions to its
3 delegates and may recall its delegates at any time for a breach of a duty or
4 a violation of the instructions provided.
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