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February 16, 2012
 
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VOTE: Thursday Feb. 16, 1:30pm
OPPOSE SCR 1005 Amendments Convention” or CON/CON
Call for Constitutional Convention
Your emails and calls are critical to defeating this measure.
 
VOTE: Thursday, Feb 16, 1:30pm in the Committee of the Whole (all Senators), which means that the next step is a final vote by the whole Senate. Please contact all Senators prioritized below.  
 
MESSAGE: Vote NO on SCR 1005. Do not put our Constitution at risk by asking Congress to “call a Convention for the purpose of proposing amendments.” Article V of the Constitution does not provide any way to limit an “amendments convention.” We don’t trust the politicians with our Constitution. (more information below)
 
CONTACT Senators below:
 
EMAIL addresses are the first initial plus the last name of the Senator:
 
 
Senators:
Sylvia Allen: 602-926-5219
Frank Antenori: 602-926-5683
Andy Biggs: 602-926-4371
Rich Crandall: 602-926-3020
Ron Gould: 602-926-4138
Gail Griffin: 602-926-5895
Jerry Lewis: 602-926-5760
John McComish: 602-926-5898
Don Shooter: 602-926-4139
 
 
Senators:
Nancy Barto (sponsor): 602-926-5766
Adam Driggs: 602-926-3016
Linda Gray: (sponsor) 602-926-3376
Jack Jackson, Jr.: 602-926-5862
Lori Klein: 602-926-5284
Al Melvin: 602-926-4326
Rick Murphy (sponsor): 602-926-4444
John Nelson: 602-926-5872
Steve Pierce (sponsor): 602-926-5584
Michele Reagan: 602-926-5828
Steve Smith: 602-926-5685
Steve Yarbrough: 602-926-5863
 
 
Senators:
Paula Aboud: 602-926-5262
Olivia Cajero Bedford: 602-926-5835
Steve Gallardo: 602-926-5830
Jack Jackson, Jr.: 602-926-5862
Leah Landrum Taylor: 602-926-3830
Linda Lopez: 602-926-4089
David Lujan: 602-926-5058
Robert Meza: 602-926-3425
David Schapira: 602-926-3038

 
Barry Goldwater said: "[I am] totally opposed [to a Constitutional Convention]...We may wind up with a Constitution so far different from that we have lived under for two hundred years that the Republic might not be able to continue." 
 
SCR1005 is a Call for a Constitutional Convention or an “amendments convention” to consider whether an increase in the federal debt should require approval from a majority of the legislatures of the states. Have you witnessed the ferocious battles in Congress over the debt ceiling? Can you imagine what that same battle would entail in a Constitutional Convention which could put our whole Constitution at risk as the “amendments convention” considers multiple versions and multiple amendments?
 
There is no way provided in Article V of the U.S. Constitution to limit the number of amendments which can be proposed in an “amendments convention,” even if the states, as in SCR1005, try to limit it. Article V states, “Congress…on the application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments…” (that’s amendments in the plural).
 
The highest authority to ever speak on an amendments convention was Chief Justice Warren Burger. He said, “I have repeatedly given my opinion that there is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of a Constitutional Convention. The Convention could make its own rules and set its own agenda. Congress might try to limit the Convention to one amendment or to one issue, but there is no way to assure that the Convention would obey. After a Convention is convened, it will be too late to stop the Convention if we don’t like its agenda…Our 1787 Constitution was referred to by several of its authors as a ‘miracle.’ Whatever gain might be hoped for from a new Constitutional Convention could not be worth the risks involved…” .
 
Letter from retired Chief Justice Warren Burger opposing a Constitutional Convention, June 22, 1988
 
 
More information from Phyllis  Schlafly on a Call for a Constitutional Convention:
 

SCR 1005

 
 
 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Applying to the congress of the United States to call a convention for proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to provide that an increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate states.
 
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 on application of two-thirds of the legislatures of the several states ("amendments convention"); and
 
Whereas, the Legislature of the State of Arizona favors the proposal and ratification of an amendment to the Constitution of the United States that will provide that an increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate states.
 
Therefore
 
Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Arizona, the House of Representatives concurring:
 
  1. That, pursuant to Article V of the Constitution of the United States, the Legislature of the State of Arizona formally applies to the Congress of the United States to call a convention for the purpose of proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, to be ratified by the legislatures or by conventions in three-fourths of the several states, that will provide that an increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate states.

  2. That the amendments convention contemplated by this application be entirely focused on and exclusively limited to the subject matter of proposing for ratification an amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing that an increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate states.

  3. 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.

  4. That the Secretary of State of the State of Arizona transmit a copy of this Resolution to the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, each Member of Congress from the State of Arizona 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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