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.