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To: cotton1706

Countdown to the usual post from the person that still has no idea how this works in 3...2...

4 posted on 02/28/2017 4:16:43 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: VanDeKoik
I'll get my usual boilerplate posted early in the thread.


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

5 posted on 02/28/2017 4:18:44 PM PST by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius available at Amazon.)
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