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February 11, 2014
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Emergency ALERT: Article V Constitutional Convention — Con Con

HEARING TODAY, Tuesday, Feb 11, 2 p.m., Room #132 on SR 371
MESSAGE: Vote NO on SR 371 an application for an Article V Constitutional Convention for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Georgia receives 38.06% of its state budget from the Federal Government. If Georgia really wants the federal government to balance the federal budget then Georgia should send back all federal money coming into Georgia. Are you as a Representative willing to refuse the federal money and mandates? Unless you are, an application for a Constitutional Convention for a balanced federal budget is a sham. Article V does not limit a convention to one subject but states, “for proposing Amendments.” There is no way to limit an Article V Convention. In 2014, Georgia rescinded all its applications for a Convention for good reason (or write your own message — more info below).
Call House Judiciary Representatives (all are area code 404) Willard, Ch., 656-5125; Fleming, V-Ch., 656-0152; Allison, Sec., 656-0188; Bruce, 656-0314; Caldwell, 656-0325; Evans, 656-6372; Golick, 656-5943; Jacobs, 656-5116; Jones, 656-7859; Kelley, 656-0287; Lindsey, 656-0177; Mabra, 656-7859; Oliver, 656-0265; O’Neal, 656-5052; Powell, 656-7855; Rutledge, 656-0109; Stephenson, 656-0126; Welch, 656-0213; Weldon, 656-0213;and Wilkinson, 463-8143.
Article V of the U.S. Constitution states:The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress…” Notice that Congress Calls the Convention and will set the rules…not the States.
Question: Why do we think that the Congress that ignores the Constitution now would be any more likely to abide by a new amendment to the Constitution?
This website lists the percentages of state budgets coming from the Federal Government.   Highest Mississippi: 45.35% to Alaska 19.97%.  This is why a Balanced Budget Amendment won’t work, because the Legislators, conservative or not, will not vote to reject federal funds and mandates.
A Convention cannot be Limited: Former Chief Justice Warren Burger stated: “I have also repeatedly given my opinion that there is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention. The Convention could mike its own rules and set its own agenda. Congress might try to limit the Convention to one amendment or to one issue, but there is no way to assure that the Convention would obey. After a Convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the convention if we don’t like its agenda…”

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