Crete State Senator Laura Ebke continues to spearhead Nebraska’s Convention of States Project in an effort to limit the power and jurisdiction the federal government has over states. She says the process continues to move along and she is learning more about the process.
Senator Ebke says, “We now have eight states that filed their applications. We are hoping that next year will be the year for Nebraska. The Convention of States Project is putting out a simulation in a couple of weeks out in Williamsburg, Virginia. Senator’s Frieze and Lindstrom and myself are going to that as Nebraska representatives. It is not real but it will give us an idea of how the process will work.”
Senator Ebke says the goal of Convention of States is to propose amendments to the Constitution which would require fiscal responsibility, ask for term limits and finally change some of the authority of the federal government and return power back to the states.
The entire process is not an easy one. Senator Ebke says thirty four states are required to sign on and applications for each have to match. If a convention is called each state has one vote. If there is a proposal that comes out of the convention you still have to take it back to the states and 38 state legislatures must ratify the amendment before it can become part of the Constitution.