Heartland Institute Experts Comment on Approval of Rules for an Article V Convention
During its annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Assembly of State Legislatures (ASL) on Friday fully ratified a set of procedures and rules for an Article V convention. The rules provide a framework for what would be the first-ever convention for proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States.
ASL is a group of legislators from both political parties who are tasked with designing procedures and rules for an Article V convention. The Heartland Institute does not endorse a particular approach for an Article V convention.
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“The Assembly of State Legislatures completed an important task on Friday by ratifying a set of rules for an Article V convention. The ASL rules ensure an operating framework for a convention while upholding the civil rights of every American.
“Opponents of a convention on both the far left and right have been dealt a major setback. Common Cause and the John Birch Society are now running out of options to perpetuate their fear tactics claiming a runaway convention.
“Legislators who are pursuing applications for an Article V convention now have added leverage to convince their legislative leaders to take action next year. The time for excuses is running out because legislative leaders will pay a heavy price at the ballot box if nothing is done to rein in the national government.”
“By finishing its work and signing off on a framework of rules for an amendments convention, the Assembly of State Legislatures has created a foundation on which real reform can be made to this nation. As the constitutional amendment movement continues to gain steam, the Assembly of State Legislatures’ work is a great victory for Americans wishing to see their country saved from the precipice of ruin.”
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