Skip to comments.Utah House calls for constitutional convention to rein in federal government
Posted on 02/06/2017 1:23:41 PM PST by cotton1706
The Utah House called Friday for a convention of the states to consider new amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which supporters said is the only way to rein in an out-of-control federal government.
It passed HJR3 on a 45-29 vote, and sent it to the Senate for consideration.
The resolution calls for a convention that would consider amendments to "impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress."
"We are in jeopardy of losing our republic," said HJR3's sponsor, Rep. Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville. "States are no longer equals in our government. States must be restored to their roles as sovereign, equal partners."
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A convention of state is our right under the Constitution. It’s time we exercise that right.
Have you read Article 5? A Convention of the States requires a vote of three-fourths of the states in favor of an amendment.
Currently the Republicans control more state legislatures since any time since Reconstruction. And these are relatively conservative Republicans.
Submit amendments. Let them run their course.
The method you suggest starts with the very people in congress that are abusing the constitution. People like Nancy Pelosi that laughs at limits on government power. Do you really think that they are going to pass resolutions for amendments that will restrict the power to which they are addicted? So you think that the Democrats are ever going to let an amendment pass through congress that will limit the power of judges to legislate from the bench?
No. The Convention of the States is the only way we are going to pass Amendments that will reign in government overreach.
I hate to hear that but I expect you are right. If the Mormons are against it in Utah it will be a tough fight. Still our best option to support President Trump in getting the swamp drained.
I appreciate the reasoned arguments.
I’ve seen them before.
Who has submitted amendments to the House or Senate?
We have the majority.
Thank you for posting the Article V excerpt. People seem to forget that it’s a well-thought power given to us by the Founding Fathers for just such a time as this. The Constitutional Republic they created was destroyed by amendments the marxists put thru Congress in 1913. In doing so they ran roughshod over the rights of states guaranteed by the 10th Amendment as well. It is past time that our states took back some of their rights with an Article V Convention of States. I salute Utah today for passing this and giving us another small step on the journey.
I’m praying those Utah senators see the big picture including the federal land grabs. I’ve spent the last 2 months working on getting this passed in Texas. We’re still one little piece of the big picture and I rejoice with every victory nationwide.
I dont know.
What would be the point? Is a senator going to move a resolution to the floor limiting the terms a senator can serve or repealing 17th amendment providing popular election of senators?
The amendments needed to restore limited government would be opposed by Republicans as well as Democrats; At least enough Republicans to prevent passage.
Just look at a simple thing like auditing the Federal Reserve has not moved through congress because it challenges the power structure in Washington DC.
I dont understand the fear of a Convention of the States. ¾ of the states have to approve. I dont see anything radical being approved at this point in history with conservative legislatures in the majority of the states.
The US congress is not going to present amendments curtailing their own jobs and powers. Those crickets are exactly the reason the states are trying to organize UNDER THE CONSTITUTION to present Amendments per their RIGHT under the Constitution. We have an alternative to Congress. Let’s use it!
Well presented my FRiend. Better than my feeble attempt.
Reminds me to set aside tomorrow for another round of phone calls and emails to my Texas reps. Gov. Abbott told them its an emergency. They need to start acting like it.
Actually that is the whole of Article 5.
I wholly agree that the 10th Amendment is the most ignored amendment in the constitution and at the time of the ratification of the Bill of Rights it was considered the most important.
i do not want a Constitutional Convention.
We have spent 30 years trying to deal with RINOs across the nation implementing all sorts of whacked out stuff.
I think you are kidding yourself if you think nothing bad crafted could possible be implemented.
Look at the grief Trump is getting from Republicans for some of his plans.
Honestly, I DO NOT trust the Republicans either.
Am I glad our state houses are lop-sidedly Republican? Sure. Does that convince me Conservatism would prevail? No.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen a Republican say, “reasoned gun control”.
So no, I don’t want to open things up for review.
29 people in UTAH...voted against this...
Those 29 people are the entire group of D’s. They are almost all from SLC. They continually whine about how powerless they are in the legislature. Where’s that boo-hoo girl graphic?
You prefer status quo then? Or open civil war?
I do think there are good arguments to be made both ways on this.
I do consider myself to be somewhat obstinate about it, but this has been my take on it, right or wrong.
Result of ConCon will be the end or at least major modification of the Bill of Rights.
Bwah hah hah......
How many civil wars have we had in the last 150 years?
We have the power to change things.
Submit bills to change things.
Don’t complain having not tried.
We have clear majorities.
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