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Constitutional Convention proposal raises concern

An Assembly Joint Resolution cosponsored by Senator Andre Jacque could help break the seal on the United States Constitution as a whole for the first time since 1787.  Last week the Assembly Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations passed Assembly Joint Resolution 77, which calls for an Article V Constitutional Convention to address concerns about the federal government's invasion of states' rights and spending habits. Resolutions passed in other states like West Virginia would also address term limits for members of Congress. Common Cause Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck says what is said and what can occur if a convention is called are two different things.


If passed in the future by the legislature, Wisconsin would become one of 29 states to call for a constitutional convention, which is five states short of what is needed. Heck believes changes to the constitution should be done through amendments, which has been done 27 times before.

 

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