U.S. Balanced Budget Amendment Summit
State Legislators' Article V Caucus Kickoff
Dear Honorable Dean Sanpei,
You are cordially invited to the U.S. Balanced Budget Amendment Summit and State Legislators' Article V Caucus Kickoff event.
The Palmer House Hotel - Chicago, IL
Saturday, August 10, 2013 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
8:00 - 8:30 Registration
8:30 - 9:00 Opening Remarks and Introductions - State Legislators' Article V Caucus Co-Chairs: New Mexico Representative Yvette Herrell and Colorado Senator Kevin Lundberg, Summit/Kickoff co-sponsors, Mark Meckler, President, Citizens for Self-Governance and David Biddulph, Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force Co-founder.
9:00 - 9:30 Keynote Address by Hon. Indiana Senate President David Long - "How Nullifying Faithless Article V Delegate Votes can safely break Congress's Amendatory Monopoly and save the American Dream."
9:30 - 10:45
Panel: "Top 10 Reasons to Vote for U.S. Balanced Budget Amendment Convention Resolution & No Runaway Convention Act" Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force Co-founders: New Mexico Representative Yvette Herrell, Oklahoma Representative Gary Banz, Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, Arizona Representative Bob Thorpe, Dr. Barry Poulson, University of Colorado Economics Professor (Retired), Mike Stern, former Senior Councel U.S. House of Representatives, David Biddulph, entrepreneur and constitutional amendment activist and Scott
Rogers, Executive Director. Roman Buhler, National Director Madison Coalition, former Chief Legal Councel House Administration Committee.
10:45 - 11:00 Networking Break
11:00 - 12:30 State Legislators' Article V Caucus Organizational Meeting - Led by Caucus Co-Chairs State Senator Kevin Lundberg (Colorado) and State Representative Yvette Herrell (New Mexico).
12:30 - 1:30 Luncheon Speaker Dr. Tim Kane chief economist at the Hudson Institute and co-author with Glenn Hubbard of "BALANCE: The Economics of Great Powers from Ancient Rome to Modern America" presents his book's conclusion that "with a hard constraint on expenditure commitments (a.k.a. Balanced Budget Amendment)...The United States will be well poised for a rebirth of the kind of growth that propelled it to unrivaled economic power.."
1:30 - 2:00 Mark Meckler, President, Citizens for Self-Governance presents his plan to build grass roots support in 40 states for an Article V "Convention of States."
2:00 - 3:30 State Legislators' Article V Caucus Members Discussion Groups - Dealing with the direction, operation and thrust of the new Article V Caucus.
To register, click here or e-mail Scott Rogers
Please forward to your colleagues and others interested in Article V.
Co-Sponsors: Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force and the "Convention of States" a project of Citizens for Self-Governance
Join the State Legislators' Article V Caucus
A MESSAGE FROM CAUCUS CO-CHAIR Kevin Lundberg, State Senator, Colo.:
When I was first elected to the Colorado legislature in 2002 my primary reason for running was my three kids. In the long term, I wanted them to have all of the opportunities which the blessings of liberty creates. Eleven years later they have pretty much all grown up, but my reason for serving in office has not changed, and this is the same reason I am helping to launch the State Legislator's Article V Caucus.
As a state legislator it is not good enough to just keep the state budget balanced and pass a few bills for particular groups and needs for today. We have an obligation to do all we can to fix the long term problems, and so much of the long term dysfunction of government stems from the imbalance of power that has developed between the states and the federal government.
The drafters of the Constitution gave us the tools to keep the genius of Federalism functioning, but we have to use those tools, including an Article V convention. This is why I am so excited to be a part of the Article V Caucus. With a significant number of legislators working together across our nation we can make a positive, historical difference for generations to come.
Please encourage our colleagues in your state to join us at our organizational meeting in Chicago, scheduled to follow the ALEC conference. If they cannot make that meeting, it would still be good if they could join the Caucus now, to help launch us in a big way.
To become a member of this non-partisan caucus, click here.
Non-legislators you are welcome to participate in the caucus and attend the organizational meeting as supporters, please click on the link above or e-mail ScottRogers@BBA4USA.org.
Calendar of Events
August 6, 2013
Federalism in Action
Chicago Palmer House Hotel, Monroe Room
10 am - 6 pm
You're invited to join state lawmakers and policy leaders for a Legislator Summit before ALEC's Annual Meeting - Empowering Local Heroes. You won't want to miss this one-day event, which will include success stories from state leaders, workshops to learn tools and solutions, expert media training, an opportunity to connect with other state policymakers, and so much more!
August 7, 2013
Citizens for Self Governance (CSG)
Chicago Palmer House Hotel
Wednesday, August 7th at the ALEC conference, Citizens for Self Governance (CSG) will be introducing its Convention of States project during the 1:45pm breakout session. Rather than calling an Article V convention for a particular amendment, CSG has launched this project to urge state legislatures to call a convention for a particular subject-reducing the power of Washington, D.C. Big problems require big solutions, and we believe our plan will most effectively curb the abuses of power in Washington. Our goal is to develop a grassroots organization in 75% of the state house districts in 40 states. These organizations will push for an Article V convention on the single subject of reducing federal power, allowing multiple amendments to be legally proposed. As it should be, and has always been, local organizations will prove to be the best solution to our national crisis. Speakers include Senator Kevin Lundberg (CO), Mark Meckler, Michael Farris and Rob Natelson.
August 10, 2013
U.S. Balanced Budget Amendment Summit and State Legislators' Article V Caucus Kickoff
Chicago Palmer House Hotel, Chicago Room
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
August 12-15, 2013
NCSL Legislative Summit
Georgia World Congress Center Level 3-B312
9:45 am - 10:45 am
Information: Amending the Constitution by Convention: The States' Role - Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, state legislatures can force Congress to call a "convention for proposing amendments" if two thirds of the legislatures agree. Perhaps a third of the states have already taken action, and many others are considering it. If two thirds of the states call for a convention would your state be prepared to elect delegates? Hear legislators and experts discuss the issues states should examine when selecting delegates to represent their interests at a convention. Speakers: Senator David C. Long, Indiana, Robert Natelson, Independence Institute, Colorado, and Representative Thomas Upton Reynolds, Mississippi.