Whatever your thoughts on the proposed Convention of the States (COS) which is calling for an Article V convention to amend the US Constitution, please fill out a witness form expressing your opinion on this by following the links below.
March 31, 2014
Is it a good or bad idea to use the Article 5 process to convene a convention to consider amendments to the U.S. Constitution?
Now is your opportunity to weigh in. We will deliver both pro and con witness forms.
Proponents say the federal government is out of control and the best way to restrain it is to adopt amendments designed to limit the size and power of the federal government. They say a convention is safe.
Opponents say Article 5 is too ambiguous and the process to uncertain, so a convention could result in bad amendments that we would have to fight against, lest they be ratified.
I have my own opinion on this question, but I want to stress one thing: There are good patriots on both sides of this issue. Passions are running high and more than anything else, we need to remember that we are all on the same side and have the same goal.
Feel free to agree or disagree with this HCR, but PLEASE do so with the understanding that the fight for liberty is a long and windy road and we need each other if we are to succeed. Be civil!
Witness Form – We will hand deliver your witness form and also make your testimony available online for the committee to read.
Committee: General Laws
Chair: Jones, Caleb – (Rep-50) Vice Chair: Richardson, Todd-(Rep-152)
Date: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: House Hearing Room 4
Text of HCR 41
WHEREAS, the Founders of our Constitution empowered state legislators to be guardians of liberty against future abuses of power by the federal government; and
WHEREAS, the federal government has created a crushing national debt through improper and imprudent spending; and
WHEREAS, the federal government has invaded the legitimate roles of the states through the manipulative process of federal mandates, most of which are unfunded to a great extent; and
WHEREAS, the federal government has ceased to live under a proper interpretation of the Constitution of the United States; and
WHEREAS, it is the solemn duty of the states to protect the liberty of our people – particularly for the generations to come – to propose amendments to the United States Constitution through a convention of states under Article V to place clear restraints on these and related abuses of power:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-seventh General Assembly, Second Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby apply to Congress, under the provisions of Article V of the United States Constitution, for the calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing amendments to the United States Constitution that 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 members of Congress; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this application constitutes a continuing application in accordance with Article V of the United States Constitution until the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the several states have made applications on the same subject; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare properly inscribed copies of this resolution for the President and Secretary of the United States Senate, the Speaker and Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, each member of the Missouri Congressional delegation, and the presiding officers of each of the legislative houses in the several states requesting their cooperation.