The Founding Fathers were wise, yet imperfect men who framed a great nation by a great Constitution. And yet it was not a perfect Constitution. They themselves recognized that there would come a day when time or circumstances would require amendments, some of which could only be achieved through the state-led convention process. Having lain dormant since the founding, it is time for us to breathe life into this important constitutional safety valve by demonstrating the process to a watching nation.
A Complete Success!
The first ever, historic Convention of States Simulation is now complete. One-hundred and thirty-seven delegates representing every state in the nation convened in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, Sept. 21-23. It was an amazing experience and the Convention operated flawlessly. If you watch the live stream link below, we know you'll agree.
The full Convention will be issuing a statement on Monday morning, which will include the proposed Amendments which were successfully voted out.
We know you are anxious to see the complete results, and we appreciate your patience. As an independent assembly, the statement about the final results from the Convention must come from the body, and not our organization. We will circulate it on behalf of the Convention.
Here's a quick preview. The Convention passed amendment proposals on the following six ideas:
1. The public debt shall not be increased except upon a recorded vote of two-thirds of each house of Congress. 2. Term limits on Congress 3. Limiting federal overreach by returning the Commerce Clause to its original meaning 4. Limiting the power of federal regulations by giving an easy congressional override 5. Require a super majority for federal taxes and repeal the 16th Amendment 6. Give the states (by a 3/5ths vote) the power to abrogate any federal law, regulation or executive order.
"The events at Williamsburg will be remembered as a turning point in history. The spirit of liberty and self government has been reignited." Michael Farris - Co-Founder, Convention of States Project.
Here's what happened.
Day 1 Recap. It’s fun when a plan comes together, and even on Day 1 it was obvious everyone was ready to go.
Day 2 Recap. On the second day, commissioners got down to the nuts and bolts of amendment proposals. One observed, “This is a sober undertaking."
Welcome to Williamsburg! Patrick Henry and James Madison took some time from their busy schedules to welcome everyone to Historic Williamsburg, VA.
Day 3 Livestream. We recorded the full proceedings from the third and final day of the Convention. You won’t believe which amendments they proposed!
We've invited 150 state legislators, representing all fifty states, to serve as Commissioners at the Simulated Convention of States. Click on the button above to review confirmed participants from across the country! Please note that due to space limitations, this event is by invitation only.
In 2015, the Convention of States Project issued a discussion draft of model rules for a convention addressing an agenda definited by the COS legislative application. These rules were not created out of thin air: they are updated versions of actual rules employed successfully by prior interstate conventions. The rules for this simulation are based on the those model convention rules.
Our 2016 Simulation will include a keynote address, break-out committee meetings, and plenary sessions. Download our Official Simulation Agenda for a quick overview of what will transpire in Williamsburg on Sept 21 - 23.
We conducted nationwide polling, asking citizens to vote for their favorite amendment proposals and submit their own original ideas. Check out a break-down of the results to get a quick look at our supporters' strongest hot-button issues!