The Oklahoma state Senate on Tuesday afternoon approved by a 30 to 16 vote Senate Joint Resolution 4, a combined application for an Article V convention backed by the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force and Convention of States.
The application includes a call for an Article V convention for the purpose of a balanced budget amendment, term limits on members of Congress, and reductions in federal regulations. SJR 4 contains language asking Congress to count separately the applications backed by BBATF and Convention of States.
Oklahoma becomes the seventh state to fully enact a resolution backed by Convention of States and the 29th state to fully enact a BBATF-backed resolution.
The Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force is dedicated to pursuing a single-subject Article V convention for a balanced budget requirement to the Constitution of the United States. Convention of States is a project of Citizens for Self-Governance, an organization promoting greater citizen involvement in government. The Heartland Institute does not endorse a particular effort for an Article V convention.
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“Oklahoma’s Senate pulled off a monumental accomplishment for the Article V movement by passing a combined resolution uniting the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force and Convention of States proposals into one.
“The Sooner State has a rich tradition of being a national leader demanding constitutional and fiscal reforms at both the national and state levels. The tradition continued Tuesday thanks to the Oklahoma Senate, which voted on principle and not on discredited fears perpetuated by opponents. Legislators in Idaho, Minnesota, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin should be encouraged to follow Oklahoma’s lead.”
“Just as the Constitution assures Americans their right to vote, speak freely, and run for office, so it also assures Americans the ability to control their federal government. A key part of the Constitution empowers the people, acting through their state legislatures, to enact further constitutional restraints on Washington, DC.
“The Oklahoma Senate has now shown that it understands the opportunity – and the duty – the Constitution gives us.”
“In a historic effort and combining of resources, the Oklahoma legislature Tuesday passed a joint Article V resolution calling for a balanced budget amendment convention as promoted by the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force and the three-prong federal restraint resolution promoted by the Convention of States Project.
“This type of collaboration was precisely the type I called for last fall in my Heartland Institute Policy Brief on the Article V convention movement. By working together, the path to 34 states can be easier for advocacy groups.”
“The Oklahoma Senate’s vote to approve Senate Joint Resolution 4 is part of a larger movement sweeping the country. Where DC has failed the people, the elected representatives in our many statehouses are stepping up and voting to press the issue. A balanced budget amendment, once installed through the mechanisms laid down in the Constitution, will force Washington to live within its means, ending the current practice of kicking the can down the road and passing off debt to future generations.”
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