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The usual suspects have proposed a constitutional convention for the purpose of amending the Constitution so that state legislatures would have to approve raising the national debt limit. Yeah, that’ll turn out really well.

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

House Concurrent Resolution No. 19

96TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES GATSCHENBERGER (Sponsor), FRANZ, LONG, KOENIG, DIEHL, BARNES, SCHARNHORST, MOLENDORP, KELLEY (126), FITZWATER, JONES (89), NANCE, NOLTE, BROWN (50), PACE, JONES (117), RICHARDSON, PARKINSON, DENISON, HINSON, ZERR, SCHOELLER, SCHATZ, REIBOLDT, SCHIEFFER, LARGENT, ALLEN, GUERNSEY, RIDDLE, LANT, LEACH, BROWN (85), LICHTENEGGER, GRISAMORE, DUGGER, SCHAD, COX, LOEHNER, BAHR, COOKSON, FRAKER, BURLISON AND WIELAND (Co-sponsors).

0497L.02I

AN ACT

Relating to the calling of a convention proposing amendments to the United States Constitution.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

           WHEREAS, Article V of the Constitution of the United States provides authority for a Convention to be called by the Congress of the United States for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution upon application of two-thirds of the Legislatures of the several states (“amendments convention”); and

           WHEREAS, the Legislature of the State of Missouri favors the proposal and ratification of an amendment to said Constitution which shall provide that an increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the Legislatures of the separate States:

           NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-sixth General Assembly, First Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby respectfully applies, as provided for in Article V of the Constitution of the United States, for an amendments convention to be called for the purpose of proposing an amendment which shall provide that an increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the Legislatures of the separate States; and

           BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the amendments convention contemplated by this application shall be entirely focused upon and exclusively limited to the subject matter of proposing for ratification an amendment to the Constitution providing that an increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the Legislatures of the separate States; and

           BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this application constitutes a continuing application in accordance with Article V of the Constitution of the United States until at least two-thirds of the Legislatures of the several States have made application for an equivalently limited amendments convention; and

           BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this application be dispatched by the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives to the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, each member of the Missouri Congressional delegation, and the presiding officers of each house of the several State Legislatures requesting their cooperation in applying for the amendments convention limited to the subject matter contemplated by this application.

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Is anyone in the republican majority in Jefferson City concerned about job growth and unemployment rather than symbolic teabagger legislation? Just asking.

Previously: The Ultimate in teabagger Bills: it was only a matter of time (January 26, 2011)