Georgia State Senators Files COS Application Jordan Sillars January 14, 2014 Anne Reiner The Georgia team is working hard, and it’s paying off. Yesterday, Senator Cecil Staton filed the Convention of States Project’s application in the Georgia Senate. The resolution currently has 22 senate sponsors, including every member of the Georgia Senate leadership team! This means we only need seven more votes for the application to pass in the Georgia Senate. David Guldenschuh, our Legislative Liaison in Georgia, is eager to get the resolution passed by the end of the legislative session on March 16th. “The goal is to get a Rules Committee hearing on it next week and a vote the week thereafter, at which point it will cross over to the House for Committee assignment there,” said Guldenschuh. Our Georgia volunteers have done a great job so far, and we are excited to see what they will do in the future. If you’d like to get involved in your state, sign up today! Below is the press release from the Georgia Senate press office. ATLANTA (January 13, 2014) | Sen. Cecil Staton ( R- Macon) proposed a resolution today calling for a convention of states to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government. The resolution also provides for potential constitutional amendments that would limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government as well as the terms of office for federal officials and members of congress. “The United States Congress has clearly demonstrated that they are unwilling to control their spending,” said Sen. Staton. “Since Congress refuses to be fiscally responsible on their own, it is time for the states to pass an amendment that ensures the protection of our financial interests.” Under Article V of the United States Constitution, states are given the power to call for a convention of states. A request for a constitutional amendment may be submitted for consideration if two-thirds of state legislatures submit applications on the same topic. Once the proposed amendments are debated and passed within their respective state legislatures, they are sent to the remaining 50 states for ratification. Congress must then submit the amendments to either the specially-elected state conventions or state legislatures to achieve final passage. In order for the amendments to be ratified, three quarters of the states must agree on the proposed constitutional amendment. According to the Citizens for Self Governance, a convention of states needs to be called to ensure that we are able to debate and impose a complete package of restraints on the misuse of power by all branches of the federal government. Similar resolutions have been introduced over the previous legislative sessions, including a resolution urging the United States Congress to draft a balanced budget amendment. The resolution will now wait to be assigned to a Senate committee for further debate.