NC Joins States Filing ‘Convention of States’ Bills

North Carolina has joined multiple states in filing a ‘Convention of States’ bill House Bill 321 was filed on 3/19/15 and is short and to the point.   Sponsors of the bill include Jones,  Millis,  Riddell,  PendletonCleveland,  Conrad,  Hurley and  Whitmire.

The purpose of calling a convention of states is for the purpose of amending the Constitution with the purpose of empowering the citizenry and local legislators.
See: Get Your Liberty On: Convention of States

Text of HB 321:

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT APPLYING TO CONGRESS FOR AN ARTICLE V CONVENTION OF THE STATES WITH THE PURPOSE OF PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.

Whereas, the Founders of the Constitution of the United States empowered State Legislators to be guardians against actual or potential abuses of power by the federal government; and

Whereas, the federal government has increasingly usurped legitimate roles of the States; and

Whereas, the federal government has created a crushing national debt through unsustainable budgeting and spending; and

Whereas, it is the solemn duty of the States to protect freedom and opportunity for our citizens, including the generations to come; and

Whereas, Article V of the United States Constitution authorizes a process to propose amendments to the Constitution of the United States through a Convention of the States to place clear restraints on these and related abuses of power; Now, therefore,

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1.  The North Carolina General Assembly hereby applies to Congress, under the provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, for the calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that (i) impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, (ii) limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and (iii) limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.

SECTION 2.  The application set forth in Section 1 of this act constitutes a continuing application in accordance with Article V of the Constitution of the United States until the legislatures of at least two‑thirds of the several states have made identical or substantially similar applications as the one set forth in Section 1 of this act.

SECTION 3.  The application set forth in Section 1 of this act expires September 30, 2015, if the legislatures of at least two‑thirds of the several states have not made identical or substantially similar applications as the one set forth in Section 1 by that date.

SECTION 4.  The Secretary of State shall transmit copies of this act to (i) the President and Secretary of the United States Senate; (ii) the Speaker and Clerk of the United States House of Representatives; (iii) each member of the North Carolina delegation to the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives; and (iv) the presiding officers of each of the legislative houses in the several states, requesting their cooperation with the purposes of this act.

SECTION 5.  This act is effective when it becomes law.

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2 Responses to NC Joins States Filing ‘Convention of States’ Bills

  1. WTM says:

    This is a bad, bad idea. Once the convention is called, the states and their representation could do practically anything. Under the Articles of Confederation, the states called a convention to make ‘changes’ and ended up with a Constitution (not the original intent of all the attendees of the convention) that has become a practical suicide pact. There are more than enough big government Republicans in this nation who would gladly hijack such a meeting for their own intent.

    The 10th Amendment gives the state of North Carolina all the power it needs. Perhaps if I saw a bit more nullification attempts such as in other states and a lot less of increasing taxes at the state level, power grabs under the claim of ‘federalism’ (regulations of the free market i.e. teeth whitening and NC government’s response to the SCOTUS ruling), I would be inclined to believe there would be a need for this. As it is, we have too many Thom Tillis replicas for this convention to happen

  2. Father Paul Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

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