Close to 100 legislators from 32 states met in Mount Vernon, Va., last month to discuss the possibility of adding amendments to the U.S. Constitution through a convention of the states.
Such a convention, as outlined in Article V of the Constitution, would allow state legislatures to vote on amendments to add.
No constitutional amendment has been added this way, but some say the Constitution specifically allows for states to use the convention as a means to push back against the federal government.
Two-thirds of the state legislatures, or 34, must approve an application for a convention to occur, according to the Constitution's article five. State legislatures would then send delegates to the convention, each state getting one vote on proposed amendments. For an amendment to pass and become a part of the Constitution, it would have to be approved by three-fourths, or 38, of the state legislatures.
State legislators stressed Saturday the bipartisan nature of support for the discussed amendments, citing arecent poll that shows 74 percent of Americans support a balanced budget amendment.
Saturday's Mount Vernon meeting was organized by Indiana state Sen. David Long and Wisconsin Rep. Chris Kapenga.
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