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We received more great questions in the final installment of our Tele-Townhall series.  We’ve answered some of the more commonly-asked ones below.

“Forty-nine states have submitted over 700 applications.  They`ve been ignored.  How can we prevent that from happening?” – Bill, Oregon

Congress’s reason for ignoring past applications is that they have never received 34 applications that deal with the same issue (some call for a balanced budget amendment, some for term limits, others simply call for an open convention).

This problem can be prevented if, as we suggest, 34 states submit identical applications over a relatively short period of time.  This strategy will give Congress no excuse—if all the applications are identical, they must all count towards the necessary 34.  Furthermore, if all the applications are submitted in a 2-4 year period, national attention will force Congress to call a convention.

“Should there just be one convention or multiple conventions for different issues?” – Pody, CO

Holding one convention is the best strategy.  Calling a Convention of States and ratifying the proposed amendments will require a huge, nationwide effort.  We firmly believe such a goal is achievable, but we don’t want to count on holding multiple conventions to limit the federal government.  The time is now.  We must propose multiple amendments to curb the abuses of Washington before the compositions of the state legislatures changes and calling a convention is no longer possible.

“If there is a Convention of States to decrease the power of the federal government, what can we do about executive orders?” – Les, KS

Michael Farris published an article dealing with executive orders, which you can read here.

A Convention of States could certainly propose an amendment that strips the President of the power to make laws that control us.  He would be required to pass any laws through Congress, in the manner the Founders intended.

“What amendments are you planning on proposing?” – Kathleen, OH

The Convention of States Project does not promote any one amendment.  We have, however, published a list of potential amendments on our website.  All of these amendments limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, so they would be up for discussion at the Convention of States called under our application.

“What can happen if Congress tried passing something to cut off the effort?” – Fernando, NY

The Founders were clear—Congress has no control over this process.  Their authority is limited to naming the time and place for the convention.  They do not appoint delegates or control the proceedings. (See the 5th question on our FAQs page.)

Neither can they pass any legislation that would derail a Convention of States.  The states are acting with the authority clearly described in Article V of the Constitution.  The Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, so it supersedes all other laws.  Only an amendment to Article V could stop the Article V process, and 38 states would never ratify such an amendment.

“State legislatures have ability to recall delegates.  Can the people have power to remove delegates as well?” – John, CA

The states legislatures select and send the delegates, so, technically, only they have the power to remove delegates.  However, the people always have the power of the vote.  Legislators know that if they do not adhere to their constituents’ wishes, they risk losing their seats as representatives.  Given the amount of attention on this convention, we have no doubt they will act responsibly and remove any “rogue” delegates.  

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Jordan Sillars