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Convention of States U.S.C. Art.V

images_(1).jpgThis website discusses a Convention of States on subject matter.  I am intrigued by the idea and this site lays out more detail.  It also addresses many of the concerns I have heard from the opposition - especially the fear that the Leftists would take it over.


• Federal Regulators are out of control. They threaten economic growth, religious freedom, 2nd Amendment rights, and the right of advocacy groups to criticize federal candidates.

• We must 

take power OUT of Washington and make government more accountable to the people!

• For example, we should require that Congress approve major new federal regulations before they can take effect.  Every voting Republican in the U.S. House voted for the REINS Act for this purpose.

• But Congress is too divided to pass a law or on its own propose a Constitutional Amendment to limit federal power.

• However, there is a way for grassroots volunteers to encourage state legislators to empower states to safely force Congress to propose an Amendment states want, for example an Amendment to require that Congress approve major federal regulations.

• Empowering states requires a majority of states to pass a new kind of Tenth Amendment law that would give 2/3 of the states the power to force Congress to propose a specific Amendment states want.

• The State of Indiana recently enacted such a law signed by Governor Mike Pence.

• The State Houses of Arizona and Wisconsin and the State Senate of Tennessee have just passed similar legislation.  More action is coming!

• Just as some states have laws to require that presidential electors do what they have promised, Indiana's law allows it to limit the authority of delegates to a Article V Constitutional Amendment Convention to just an up or down vote on a specific Amendment

• If states, by passing these laws, can limit a convention to an up or down vote on just one amendment, 2/3 of the  states can safely force Congress to propose that exact Amendment, because Congress will do almost anything to avoid a convention that is more powerful than Congress.

• States could force Congress to propose an Amendment as early as 2015, two, three or even four years before a Convention could be convened, given the time necessary for litigation and selection of delegates.

• So if a majority of States pass a Tenth Amendment law like Indiana's in 2014, they could empower 34 states in 2015 to  force Congress to propose a "Regulation Freedom Amendment" to require that Congress approve major new federal regulations.

• 27 states with GOP majorities, 3 states VA, WVA, and KY where coal country Democrats are the swing votes, and 4 states ME, NH. IA, and NM where Republicans could win effective control in 2014 could add up to the 34 we need.

• This effort can force Democrats nationwide to defend the unpopular and dictatorial power of federal bureaucrats in Washington!  Opponents can be branded "rubber stamps for federal regulators".

•. Resolutions in every state legislature controlled by Republicans and pro-energy Democrats urging Congress to propose a "Regulation Freedom" Amendment would highlight the issue and help build a coalition for action.

•The Indiana State Senate with the support of the Indiana Manufacturers Association, the Indiana Bankers Association and the National Taxpayers Union just became the first State Chamber in the nation to pass such a Resolution urging Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment.

•. Our first task is to educate limited-government-minded leaders in at least the states with Republican majorities in the state legislature, so those leaders can educate their state legislators.

• We need your help to spread this message on how grassroots volunteers, business leaders, and state legislators can stop federal regulators from abusing their power.

• For More Information Contact:

202 255 5000


"Whenever one quarter of the Members of the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate transmit to the President their written declaration of opposition to a proposed federal regulation, it shall require a majority vote of the House and Senate to adopt that regulation."


STRATEGY: Build a coalition of 34 states to force Congress to propose the Amendment by late 2015.

Our leaders include former Governors George Allen of VA and Bob Ehrlich of MD along with Federalist Society co-founder, former U.S. Rep. David McIntosh.

The group is working with state legislators across the nation including Idaho State House Speaker Scott Bedke, Wyoming Speaker Tom Lubnau, Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and Indiana Senate President David Long.

The strategy, is based on an idea for empowering states that Ed Meese originally proposed when he was Reagan's Attorney General.

The details of the strategy were developed by a legal team led by David Rivkin, the lawyer for the 26 states who sued to overturn "Obamacare".  Current RNC General Counsel John Ryder and former General Counsels David Norcross, Mark Braden and Tom Sansonetti, support it.  Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and the National Taxpayers Union have endorsed the Regulation Freedom Amendment.

Our coalition could potentially include the 27 states with current GOP majorities in the state legislature, plus pro-energy Democrats in the 3 states of VA, WV and KY plus GOP victories or support from moderate Democrats in 4 states where Republicans have recently held majorities, for example, ME, NH, IA, and NM.

Congress has at least three times in American history proposed the Amendment or Amendment enough states wanted to avoid a Convention that Congress fears.

States can also pass a "10th Amendment-based Faithful Delegate to ensure that a state can replace delegates who ignore state instructions, and thus ensure that the convention states may threaten to force Congress to act could never become a runaway convention.



Build support among legislators, business leaders, citizens groups, grassroots activists, and donors for the Regulation Freedom Amendment and the "10th Amendment" law that empowers states.


STATE LAWS: Introduce and pass in a majority of states a "10th Amendment-based Faithful Delegate Law similar to the one authored by Senate Pres. Long and signed by Gov. Pence in Indiana. The law gives a state the ability to replace delegates who ignore state limits on their authority and thus empowers 2/3 of the states to safely force Congress to propose an amendment states want.

ENDORSEMENT RESOLUTIONS: Introduce and pass in as many state legislative chambers as possible a non-binding Resolution urging Congress to propose  the Regulation Freedom Amendment.


Build more support for the Regulation Freedom Amendment, especially among state legislators and legislative candidates of both parties in swing districts.


A bipartisan coalition of legislative leaders from 30-34 states
agrees on final text to include in State Article V Resolutions.

January 2015: PASS U.S. HOUSE RULE

Adoption of a U.S. House "10th Amendment" Rule recognizing the authority of states to limit the scope of a Article V Convention by prohibiting the House from referring to the states any Amendment from a Convention that has ignored state limits on its authority.


Announce support of at least 41 U.S. Senators for a pledge to protect the Constitution from a "runaway convention" by blocking Senate consideration of any Amendment from a Convention that has ignored state imposed limits on its authority.


With perceived risk of a "runaway convention" virtually ended, introduce and pass Article V Resolutions proposing  the Regulation Freedom Amendment in 34 or nearly 34 states. These Resolutions would give Congress a set time limit, after the passage in the 34th state to either propose the Amendment or be forced to call a Convention.


Persuade Congress to propose The Regulation Freedom Amendment so Congress can avoid the requirement to call an Article V Convention.

Spring 2016: States begin to ratify the Regulation Freedom Amendment.  All over the nation, state legislators will have to decide whether to be "rubber stamps for federal regulators" or for making regulators more accountable to elected officials.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT: As early as 2014:   Regulators may well defer controversial actions once word gets out that a bipartisan coalition of state legislators is working on a practical plan to limit regulators' authority.

LONG RANGE IMPACT: Once state legislators passed "10th Amendment/faithful delegate laws" and have "re-learned" how 2/3 of the states can force Congress to propose a specific Amendment to the U.S. Constitution without risking a runaway convention, an easier path opens up for other Amendments, for example, a badly needed "fiscal responsibility" Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


1. Pass this information on to others who might be interested.  Send an email to people you know about this effort.

2. Please follow up with us by email or phone with questions and to explore how you might increase your involvement!   Your time, your contacts, and your resources could make an enormous difference in this effort.

Here is some more specific information.


If you would like to volunteer your time, there are many ways you can do so, but we do need people now to help us personally contact and educate each of about 500 key grassroots pro-limited government leaders in the 27 states with Republican legislative majorities.

The top 15 or 20 grassroots leaders in each of these 27 states have the power, if they understand and like our ideas, to bring this issue to the attention of the top legislative and political leaders in their state.

But each grassroots leader needs a personal phone conversation or email exchange, preferably  from a fellow volunteer  to understand our goals and basic strategy. Once they are interested you or we can follow up with a more detailed email for them to study.

If you have time to make just 1, or 2, 3, 5, 10 or even 20 such contacts in the next few days or weeks, you could have an enormous impact.  Legislators are deciding their legislative priorities for 2014.  Grassroots input now could make a critical difference.

If you would like a list of people to contact in a particular state where you have some background or interest we can send you a list of the size you want.  If you want us to pick a state for you, we can do that as well.

If you would like some coaching or easy talking points on how to make these calls, we can provide it.

If you know anyone else who might like to volunteer in this way, please let us know.

If you would like to help in another way, contact us and we can talk about other options.


We need funds right now to send our advocates to legislative conferences and to follow up with dozens of legislators in each of our target states.  We must identify legislative support in 34 states as those legislatures meet in 2014. We cannot do that without immediate resources.

If you would like to donate, you can visit the website our coalition funding partner: www.AmericanOpportunityProject.Org and contribute on line.

Or if you want to avoid the 5 percent online credit card fee you can mail a check payable to the "American Opportunity Project" to.

American Opportunity Project
C/o Dan Greenberg 
55 Fontenay Circle,
Little Rock, AR 72223
 (501) 588-4245

For budgeting  purposes it would be very helpful for us to know how much you plan to send.  We appreciate every donation, large and small!

If you know people who might welcome the opportunity to hear about how they could participate in this new effort to curb Washington's power, please let us know.


We need business and political leaders
who will endorse our two key legislative initiatives for 2014.

YES, I support the Regulation Freedom Amendment to require that Congress approve major new federal regulations.

YES, I support passage of a 10th Amendment state law like the one signed by Gov. Pence in Indiana  to empower 2/3 of the states to force Congress to propose a specific Amendment those states want.

If you know people who would be willing to endorse our effort, please contact them or let us know how to contact them.

The bottom line is we have an extraordinary opportunity to rein in Washington's power, but we need your help now!

If we don't act, who will?

Thank you!

Roman Buhler
202 255 5000
The Madison Coalition
202 255 5000

P.S. Regulators in Washington, if they knew about this email, would hope you don't act on it!
Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry


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