#ArticleV Update 10-22-2016!
For the first time in US history, we now have 2/3rds of the States' applications for a convention to propose amendments as described in Article V of the US #Constitution.
'Official Article V #Convention Scoreboard'
34 of 34 states required to trigger a convention call are on record.
7 States are on record rescinding their applications.
8 States have yet to be counted.
IT IS TIME TO DEMAND A CONVENTION
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.
I am becoming increasingly concerned with the inaction on behalf of Chairman Bob Goodlatte. The rule created in the US house should not create a discretion of the chair to refuse to acknowledge applications from state legislatures for an Article V Convention to propose amendments prior to 2014.
It is childish for congress to say, "OK we will begin counting these applications starting now."
The initiation of their acknowledgement is not the totality of the various efforts. The official record is incorrect. They demonstrated a blatant disregard of the states' role in this process as set down by our forefathers in the Constitution.
WASHINGTON—This week, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Article V Records Transparency Act (H.R. 5306), to ensure states are able to exercise their authority under Article V of the Constitution by restructuring the recordkeeping process of Article V applications.
The #ArticleV Convention to Propose
Thomas H. Neale
Specialist in American National Government
Congressional Research Service
March 29, 2016 https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44435.pdf
ArticleV.org traces its origins to the Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011-2012. It emphasizes the use of social media for communication among supporters and describes its mission as
“educating Americans on the reasons to bring about an Article V convention,” and persuading them to “[a]pply their energy to pressure Congress to call for a Convention.”31 It does not appear
to support or advocate either an amendment in a specific policy area or a specifically worded amendment, but offers a broad range of alternative amendments, accompanied by the admonition,
“[m]ay the best amendments win.”