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.”
Project Manager, Constitutional Reform
The Heartland Institute
“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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