Hosted by the Las Vegas Area Convention of States Team
Presenter: John Vettel, Nevada State Director, Convention Of States Project
A PowerPoint presentation on the Convention of States Project will be followed by a Question & Answer session, and a brief discussion of the volunteer opportunities available.
Most Americans disapprove of our Congress and feel that they have allowed the Federal Government to greatly exceed its Constitutional authority. Most also realize that Congress will NEVER propose Constitutional Amendments that would reduce its power and authority over our lives.
Recognizing this possibility, our Founders added the "Amendments Convention" provision to Article V of our Constitution which enables 2/3 of the states to require an Amendments Convention to be called where the States, independent of Congress, could proposed Amendments. Regardless of who proposes amendments, Congress or the States, each Amendment must be ratified by 3/4 of the States to become part of our Constitution.
The Nevada COSP goal for the 2017 Nevada legislative session is passage of a joint resolution to apply for an Article V Convention of States limited to proposing constitutional amendments 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 for members of Congress.
Under this limited Convention, Amendments such as the following could be proposed:
- A balanced budget amendment
- A redefinition of the General Welfare Clause (the original view was the federal government could not spend money on any topic within the jurisdiction of the states)
- A redefinition of the Commerce Clause (the original view was that Congress was granted a narrow and exclusive power to regulate shipments across state lines–not all the economic activity of the nation)
- A prohibition of using international treaties and law to govern the domestic law of the United States
- A limitation on using Executive Orders and federal regulations to enact laws (since Congress is supposed to be the exclusive agency to enact laws)
- Imposing term limits on Congress and the Supreme Court
- Placing an upper limit on federal taxation
- Requiring the sunset of all existing federal taxes and a supermajority vote to replace them with new, fairer taxes
No amendments to the Bill of Rights could be proposed.
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