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Lawmakers To Vote On Constitutional Convention

Associated Press - February 22, 2016 4:54 am

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The Kansas House is preparing to take final action on a measure aimed at calling a convention of the states to propose changes in the U.S. constitution.

The resolution up for a vote Monday is being pushed by conservative Republicans unhappy with the federal government’s reach. But supporters will need a two-thirds majority of 84 votes in the 125-member chamber.

House approval would send the measure to the Senate.

The U.S. Constitution says Congress must call a convention upon getting applications from two-thirds of the states, or 34.

Any proposal approved by the convention must be ratified by legislators in three-quarters of the states, or 38.

Lawmakers in five other states have approved the same resolution.

Critics say argue that a convention couldn’t be limited in what it considers.