May 11, 2012
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Oppose HJR 3: “Amendments Convention” or Con/Con
3rd HEARING: Tues. May 15, 1:30 p.m., Room 116
Please attend & testify* if you can.
This is an Emergency Alert. The originally scheduled committee vote in April was postponed. Please contact the committee and ask friends and family to do the same.
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.
* The Chair respectfully requests all testifying parties submit 50 copies of written testimony and all amendments to his office by 3 p.m. Monday, May 14.
To EMAIL members you can send an email with your concerns to the whole Committee to the Secretary Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org
TELEPHONE the members of the House State Government Committee:
* Most important to call or contact:
*William G. Batchelder, Speaker of the House, (614) 466-8140
*Chair Ron Maag: (614) 644-6023
*John Adams (Majority Whip) (614) 466-1507
*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) 466-1896Vernon Sykes (614) 466-3100
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: