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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

  • Scalia Probably Favored An Amendments Convention — But Does It Matter?

    Scalia Probably Favored An Amendments Convention — But Does It Matter?0

    • April 12, 2017

    A majority of state legislatures have voted to trigger the U.S. Constitution’s most important procedure for reforming the federal government. This is the gathering that Article V of the Constitution calls “a convention for proposing amendments”—more popularly known as a “convention of states.” Advocates of a convention of states rely on a supportive statement made by the

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Constitutional Convention: John Jay Letter Shows Its Power Came from State Legislatures, not Congress

    Constitutional Convention: John Jay Letter Shows Its Power Came from State Legislatures, not Congress0

    • January 14, 2017

    A persistent constitutional myth has it that (1) Congress called the Constitutional Convention under the Articles of Confederation, (2) the convention drew its power from Congress, and (3) the convention exceeded its power when it recommended a new Constitution rather than merely propose amendments to the Articles. As readers of this website know, however, the

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  • Did Congress Approve the Constitution? A Member’s Letter Says “Yes”

    Did Congress Approve the Constitution? A Member’s Letter Says “Yes”0

    • November 28, 2016

    Some people argue the Constitution was adopted illegally. They assert that the Confederation Congress needed to approve the document, but never did. But principles of law tell us that they are wrong. So does a rarely-mentioned letter from a member of the Confederation Congress. It is true that most (not all) of the resolutions by

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