March 28, 2012
Please Forward this to everyone you know! Calls Still Needed.
Bill number: HJR 3
Oppose HJR 3: “Amendments Convention” or Con/Con
The House State Government Committee heard testimony but did not vote on HJR 3. The Ohio Legislature will be going on break for two weeks.
It is extremely critical that you contact the committee members and your state legislator (http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/search.cfm#reps_name) during their break to encourage them to oppose an "Amendments Convention." Your calls and emails will make all the difference.
It is expected that the House State Government Committee will hold another hearing on this bill when the legislature reconvenes.
MESSAGE: Vote NO on HJR 3. Do not put our Constitution at risk by asking Congress to “call a Convention for the purpose of proposing amendments.” 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? Article V of the Constitution does not provide any way to limit an “amendments convention.” We don’t trust the politicians with our Constitution.
To EMAIL members you can send an email with your concerns to the whole Committee to the Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact them individually by clicking on this link and then click on each member
Call the members of the
* Most important to call or contact:
*Chair Ron Maag: (614) 644-6023
*Louis W. Blessing, Jr. (614) 466-9091 (Speaker Pro Tempore)
Jim Buchy (614) 466-6344
Courtney Combs (614) 644-6721
Rex Damschroder (614) 466-1374
Mike Dovilla (614) 466-4895
Randy Gardner (614) 466-8104
*Cheryl Grossman (614) 466-9690 (Assistant Majority Whip)
*Matt Huffman (614) 466-9624 (Majority Floor Leader)
Philip Rose (614) 466-1366
Robert Sprague (614) 466-3819
Louis Terhar (614) 466-8258
Ron Young (614) 644-6074
*Ronald Gerberry (614) 466-6107 (Ranking Minority Member)
Ted Celeste (614) 644-6005
Kathleen Clyde (614) 466-2004
Teresa Fedor (614) 644-6017
Tom Letson (614) 466-5358
Matt Lundy (614) 644-5076
Bill Patmon (614) 466-7954
Michael Stinziano (614) 466-1896
TWENTY CRITICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT AN “ARTICLE V AMENDMENTS CONVENTION” OR CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION THAT MUST BE ANSWERED
“Occupy Wall Street” endorses Article V—Amendments Convention
http://algoxy.com/ows/strategyofamerica1.html This is how an Article V Convention can be hijacked by those with a very different agenda than those who want to limit the federal debt.
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."
HJR3 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:
Copy of the Bill: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/res.cfm?ID=129_HJR_3
Cosponsors: Representatives Adams, J., Adams, R., Henne, Beck, Ruhl, Grossman, Stebelton
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO: