State Legislators Leading the Charge
Many of you are aware of the upcoming Mount Vernon Assembly, when a number of state legislators will gather at Mount Vernon to pave the way for a Convention of States. (For background, you can read our earlier post on the Mount Vernon Assembly.) The decision of the Assembly to meet behind closed doors and only include state legislators in its gathering has raised some eyebrows and led to lots of speculation about the purpose of the Assembly. Allow me to dispel some of those concerns.
The Mount Vernon Assembly isn't actually calling a convention; it’s just an unofficial meeting of legislators to discuss putting rules in place to pave the road for a convention. Most importantly, they are trying to take the runaway convention argument out of the picture by passing laws in each state that strictly limit the authority of delegates and punish those delegates who exceed their authority. We think this is a worthy goal and great objective. With the runaway convention argument out of the way, we can stop arguing over procedural technicalities, and focus on the actual merits of a convention.
The Assembly isn’t trying to cut the people out of the process; it’s trying to help the people make a difference by getting all the states to work together under Article V. That’s all the Mount Vernon Assembly really is: a group of legislators meeting together away from distractions so they can get on the same page about Article V. And that’s a good thing in our book. Hopefully, when they come away from the Assembly, the legislators will be excited about the possibilities in Article V and ready to coordinate their efforts across the states to bring a convention to fruition.