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.