State Senator Laura Ebke of Crete will introduce a proposal in the 2017 Unicameral for Nebraska to join eight other states in calling for an Article V (Five) Convention of States.
Joe Stephans, state director for the Nebraska Convention of States Project, says the meeting is called by the state legislatures for the purpose of two ways to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
“One is through Congress itself and then the other, our founding fathers and the framers of the Constitution gave the people a way to change the Constitution when the federal government went out of control,” Stephans says, “as many of us do in the state of Nebraska.”
Stephans says if a convention is held, any proposed constitutional amendments must then be ratified by legislatures or state-level conventions in three-fourths of the states.
He explains that the goals of such a gathering are wide-reaching.
Stephans says, “We’re using the second method to amend the Constitution, to reign in federal spending, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and to set term limits for congress and other federal officials.”
Stephans says the process is outlined in Article V of the Constitution and 34 state legislatures have to pass a Convention of States application for the gathering to take place. He says if a convention is held, any proposed constitutional amendments must then be ratified by legislatures or state-level conventions in three-fourths of the states.
To learn more, visit: ConventionOfStates.com.
By Nick Stevenson, WJAG, Norfolk