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The Article V Information Center is a non-partisan resource that promotes truthful, unbiased information as a non-partisan organization. We believe that with correct information available, unreasonable anxieties and fears will be dissipated, thereby motivating greater citizen participation.

Article V Convention Posts

  • Using a Convention of States to Bypass Congress

    Using a Convention of States to Bypass Congress0

    • April 9, 2017

    Convinced that Congress is unlikely to cure federal dysfunction, most state legislatures have triggered the Constitution’s most important reform mechanism: They have applied for what the Constitution calls “a convention for proposing amendments”—a kind of convention of states. This year, Wyoming became the 29th state to apply for a convention to propose a balanced budget

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  • A Burst of New Article V Progress

    A Burst of New Article V Progress0

    • March 24, 2017

    For a few weeks earlier this year, it looked like the Article V movement might have stalled. Some state lawmakers thought the election of President Trump would be a sufficient solution to federal dysfunction. Wyoming’s passage of a balanced budget application was offset by rejection in conservative Idaho and rescission in liberal New Mexico. The

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  • Jon Caldara Interviews Rob Natelson on Article V and Anti-Reform Suppression Efforts

    Jon Caldara Interviews Rob Natelson on Article V and Anti-Reform Suppression Efforts0

    • March 21, 2017
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  • More 20th Century Conventions of States Discovered—Many More!

    More 20th Century Conventions of States Discovered—Many More!0

    • March 14, 2017

    As I have reported previously, there have been many conventions of states (and, before Independence, of colonies). Some of these conventions proposed amendments to the Articles of Confederation or to the Constitution. Among these gatherings have been more than 20 inter-colonial conventions, eleven interstate conventions held between 1776 and 1787, six during the 19th century,

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  • The 1889 St. Louis Convention of States

    The 1889 St. Louis Convention of States0

    • February 11, 2017

    A frequent argument against a convention for proposing constitutional amendments is that there are “no precedents” for determining the rules and procedures for such a gathering, other than the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Although opponents persist in this claim, it has long been debunked: The Constitutional Convention was far from the only meeting of its

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  • State Lawmakers! Don’t Put Extraneous Matter in Your Article V Application

    State Lawmakers! Don’t Put Extraneous Matter in Your Article V Application0

    • January 20, 2017

    by Robert G. Natelson State lawmakers sponsoring an Article V convention application often find that other lawmakers want to add extraneous matter to the application. This may include conditions beyond the mere subject-matter, instructions to commissioners, specific amendment language, convention rules, and pronouncements of various kinds. Don’t agree! Adding such material is both unprofessional and

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