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Kansas House Panel Endorses Bill to Change US Constitution

Jeff Garretson - March 19, 2015 12:26 pm

A Kansas House panel has endorsed a resolution that would begin a process for amending the U.S. Constitution.

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee approved the resolution Thursday. It calls on the U.S. Congress to organize a convention of states that would consider amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Thirty-three other state legislatures would have to pass similar legislation for Congress to act.

The resolution says it aims to restrict federal fiscal policy, limit the federal government’s powers and shorten terms of office for federal officials. It must be passed by a two-thirds majority in each chamber of the state legislature.

Republican Rep. Stephanie Clayton from Overland Park said she is interested in requiring the federal government to pass balanced budgets but worries that the movement could lose focus.

Larry Elmquist

March 19, 2015 at 3:52 pm

I am constantly amazed that our legislators in Topeka are so easily distracted from their responsibilities of tending to the pressing issues of state government. They remind me of pack rats; constantly distracted by tiny bits of shiny junk with which to line their nests.

David Schneider

March 19, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Learn more and volunteer! We over 1000 volunteers across Kansas! We need to add Kansas to the growing list of states calling for a Convention of States to rein in the out of control federal government.

David Schneider

March 19, 2015 at 3:59 pm

Larry, distraction for them to do their constitutional duty. That is an amazing view point…

Randall Hardy

March 20, 2015 at 7:46 am

The Legislature wants freedom from the Federal government, but relishes in injecting their will in local governments.

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