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To: cba123

I cannot explain it for lack of time, watch for the article V ping list, start reading and educating yourself, I did. Very much reading is required.

14 posted on 02/22/2017 11:51:11 PM PST by exnavy (God save the republic.)
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To: exnavy

Well I’ll just say, I am not going to do a passle of research, but will say that I share the concerns of the other poster.

Big time.

We really, really, really need to not do this. Our founders created a very good system.

Leave it, the way it is. We will not like what happens, if we open up things now, to changes.

16 posted on 02/22/2017 11:55:36 PM PST by cba123 ( Toi la nguoi My. Toi bay gio o Viet Nam.)
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To: exnavy
This is the usual boilerplate that I append to these threads for those who are new to the Article V process and don't understand how it works. As you pointed out, if a FReeper clicks on the "Convention of the States" spot at the top of the Current Article page, he'll find all the articles on the topic and can begin the educational process.


The amendatory process under Article V consists of three steps: Proposal, Disposal, and Ratification.


There are two ways to propose an amendment to the Constitution.

Article V gives Congress and an Amendments Convention exactly the same power to propose amendments, no more and no less.


Once Congress, or an Amendments Convention, proposes amendments, Congress must decide whether the states will ratify by the:

The State Ratifying Convention Method has only been used twice: once to ratify the Constitution, and once to ratify the 21st Amendment repealing Prohibition.


Depending upon which ratification method is chosen by Congress, either the state legislatures vote up-or-down on the proposed amendment, or the voters elect a state ratifying convention to vote up-or-down. If three-quarters of the states vote to ratify, the amendment becomes part of the Constitution.

Forbidden Subjects:

Article V contains two explicitly forbidden subjects and one implicitly forbidden subject.

Explicitly forbidden:

Implicitly forbidden:

Reference works:

Frequently Asked Questions About a Convention of the States

Proposing Constitutional Amendments by a Convention of the States: A Handbook for State Lawmakers

State Initiation of Constitutional Amendments: A Guide for Lawyers and Legislative Drafters

61 posted on 02/23/2017 8:51:02 AM PST by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius available at Amazon.)
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