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Executive Summary sent out to all house members who will be considering COS resolution H3660

Executive Summary

• Centralization of power in D.C. gives special interests undue influence, because it lets them concentrate their efforts on a relatively small, elite group of power players.


• Overregulation by unelected bureaucrats hurts small, local businesses and kills jobs.


• Irresponsible, unlimited federal spending is bankrupting our grandchildren.


Imagine if the American people from all walks of life played more of a role in how they are governed.


Imagine if we could have more diversity in public policies, because policy was made by people who are more accessible to regular citizens.


The Constitution’s Article V provides for all of this and more. It provides a process for the states to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution through a convention, or meeting. Once 34 states apply for a convention on a specific topic (which serves as the agenda for the convention), state legislatures chose commissioners to represent them at the convention to discuss, debate, and ultimately propose amendments on the pre-determined topics.


Our application seeks a Convention to propose amendments on 3 topics: imposing fiscal restraints on Washington, limiting its power and jurisdiction, and setting term limits for federal officials (including members of Congress, federal judges, and federal bureaucrats). Once the convention makes its proposals, only those that are ratified by 38 states - comprising the overwhelming majority of WE, the PEOPLE - become official amendments to the Constitution.


Federal overreach hurts us all. A Convention of States is the answer. CONVENTION OF STATES ACTION - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY QUESTIONS? ANSWERS.


1. Does a Convention of the States open the whole Constitution to being rewritten? NO!! Article V only allows the Convention to propose “amendments” to “this” Constitution. It says so right in the text. Article V only gives a convention the same exact authority as it gives Congress: the authority to “propose amendments” to “this Constitution.” So a Convention of the States can only result in proposals that, IF ratified by 38 states afterward, would become Amendment 28, Amendment 29, etc.—just like the amendments that have been ratified after Congress proposed them.


2. Didn’t the Constitutional Convention in 1787 defy its authority, scrap the Articles of Confederation, and write a whole new document? NO!! If you actually read the commissions the state legislatures gave their delegates, you see that they had the authority to create a new constitution if that’s what was needed in order to meet the needs of the Union at that time. And anyway, the 1787 Constitutional Convention was not called pursuant to Article V (there was no Article V yet!), so it was not operating according to the process and limitations we have today under Article V.


3. Who controls the delegates (commissioners) to the Convention? The state legislatures do. We know this because this was standard protocol for all of the 35+ interstate conventions held throughout American history. The state legislatures choose the commissioners and give them written instructions to define and limit the scope of their authority. Commissioners then act as the legal agents of the legislature in performing their duties at the Convention. Actions outside their authority are void.


4. How do the states limit the scope of an Article V Convention? By defining the agenda in the 34 applications (joint resolutions) that trigger the convention. In our application, the only topics up for consideration are: imposing fiscal restorations on Washington, limiting federal scope and jurisdiction, and setting term limits for federal officials. That’s all that’s on the table.


Heed the will of the people of Massachusetts: Pass H 3660! 24,923 petitions in Massachusetts, 2.35 Million petitions nationwide 5 Million supporters nationwide Nationwide polling results: 66% of voters support COS (across party lines!

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