Wis. Assembly considers constitutional convention
Wisconsin Assembly to vote on a constitutional convention request
The Wisconsin Assembly is set to vote on a resolution calling for a convention of states to develop a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The group Citizens for Self-Governance, led by Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler, has launched a national push for a convention to craft the amendment. The group contends Congress will never move such an amendment forward on its own.
Thirty-four states have to request such a convention before Congress can authorize it. The Wisconsin resolution's author, Republican Rep. Chris Kapenga, says about 20 states have already passed a convention resolution.
The Assembly is set to vote on the resolution Tuesday. Also on the agenda is a Kapenga bill establishing a five-person convention delegation.
Approval would send the measures to the state Senate.
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