HJR1003: A JOINT RESOLUTION, making formal application to Congress to call a limited constitutional convention for the sole purpose of proposing a federal balanced budget amendment.
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IMPORTANT: Advocates of a convention deceptively offer false assurances that a convention can be limited to a single subject. Some state legislators feel safe with their state’s call for a Con-Con because they have added to it a “null and void” clause if the convention cannot be limited to the specific purpose of proposing an amendment to balance the budget.
Article V authorizes the states only to
apply for a convention. Once underway,
the convention makes its own rules and
could reject any or all restrictions on
its activity and assert its supreme power
by virtue of its direct authority from the
HJR1003 was introduced by the House Taxation Committee and then assigned to the House Taxation Committee on January 29, 2013. It’s scheduled to be heard by the Taxation Committee at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2013!
The original creator of this bill is Hal Wick (R), Vice Chair of the Taxation Committee. (He missed the cut-off date to introduce the bill, so it was introduced by the Taxation Committee.)
His home phone number is 605-332-1360. PLEASE call him at home TODAY, Monday, Feb. 18, (because they’re NOT in session today due to Presidents’ Day) and ask that this bill be tabled. Message: if HJR1003, the call for a Constitutional Convention, comes to a vote, please vote NO. Do not put our Constitution at risk by asking Congress to “call a Convention for the purpose of proposing amendments.” Article V of the Constitution does not provide any way to limit an “amendments convention.”
His Capitol phone number is 605-773-3851.
For the past 225 years we have amended the Constitution without a convention. We don’t need to start now. It’s not worth the risk.
Please call as many on the Taxation Committee as you can at home or at their business TODAY, also. Again, they’re NOT in session today due to Presidents’ Day. You can find their contact information below. Call the Chairman after you’ve called Representative Wick.
Chairman, Rep. Brock Greenfield (R)
(Very important to contact)
Message for Chairman : Please stop forward action on HJR1003. It is dangerous and puts us in risk of losing our Constitution. Article V of the Constitution does not provide any way to limit an “amendments convention.”
Message for the others on the Taxation Committee:
If HJR1003, the call for a Constitutional Convention, comes to a vote, please vote NO. Do not put our Constitution at risk by asking Congress to “call a Convention for the purpose of proposing amendments.” Article V of the Constitution does not provide any way to limit an “amendments convention.”
Taxation Committee Members:
Rep. Mary Duvall (R) Home: 605-224-4070
Rep. Christine Erickson (R) Home 605-366-5377
Rep. Marc Feinstein (D) Home 605-371-1534
Rep. Bernie Hunhoff (D) Minority Leader
Rep. Patrick Kirschman (D) Home 605-366-4798
Rep. Isaac Latterell (R) Home 605-368-1002
Rep. Patty Miller (R) Home 712-490-6644
Rep. David Novstrup (R) Capitol 605-773-3851
Rep. Jim Peterson (D) Home 605-623-4573
Rep. Nancy Rasmussen (R) Home 605-238-5321
Rep. Tona Rozum (R) Home 605-996-2191
Rep. Lance Russell (R) Home 605-745-6871
Rep. Roger Solum (R) Home 605-882-7056
Question: How can you expect the government to pay any attention to an amendment when they’re trampling the whole Constitution right now? Please don’t risk our Constitution.
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