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.”
“It’s time to establish once and for all that corporations are not people, money is not free speech, and our elections and public policy-making process are not for sale to the highest corporate bidders,” says one sponsor, Rick Nolan.
“It’s time to take the molding and shaping of public policy out of corporate boardrooms, away from corporate lobbyists, and give it back to the American people.”http://gu.com/p/486vc/sfb
The US constitution has been successfully changed only 27 times in its 227-year history, but a sudden upsurge in talk – from many presidential candidates – suggests constitutional reform may no longer be the refuge of political kooks