From: Scott Rogers, Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Conference Call: Michigan Senate panel votes 3-1 asking Congress for constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget - Friday, November 8, 2013 at 4:00 EST
Date: Thu Nov 07 15:44:30 MST 2013

Michigan Senate Panel Votes 3-1 to Send SJR V an Application for an Article V Convention to Consider a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Full Senate for a Vote

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4:00 - 4:05 Self Introductions


4:06 - 4:20 Discuss Michigan Senate Vote on SJR V


4:20 - 4:35 Ohio BBA Campaign Update - Action on SJR 5 Moves to the Ohio House 


4:35 - 4:45 Discuss Montana, Wyoming, South Carolina, and Georgia BBA Campaigns


4:45 - 4:55 Updates from the BBA Task Force and Coalition Members


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Michigan Senate Panel Votes 3-1 to Send SJR V an Application for a BBA to the Full Senate                         

LANSING, Michigan - A committee in the Michigan Senate has voted 3-1 to urge Congress to convene a convention of the states to require that the federal budget be balanced.


The resolution sent to the Senate on Tuesday would join Michigan with at least 17 other states that have passed a measure calling for balanced budget convention. Thirty-four states are needed to convene the convention.


Thirty-eight states would have to vote to adopt the balanced budget requirement for it to take effect.


Supporters say Congress has been fiscally reckless and Congress may be motivated to do something if more legislatures act. Exceptions to balanced budgets could be made for a "national emergency."


The full Senate will vote on the measure today, where it is expected to pass. 

State Legislative Tracker: Indiana Senator Calls for Article V Convention

The President Pro Tempore of the Indiana State Senate has joined a call to organize a meeting that could initiate a constitutional convention. Joining legislators from Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, David Long (R) signed his name to a letter calling for states to send a three-person bipartisan delegation to Mount Vernon in Virginia on December 7. The purpose of the so-called 'Mount Vernon Assembly' is to plan what is known as an Article V convention, named for its provision in the United States Constitution.

Under Article V, two-thirds of state legislatures may call on Congress to initiate a convention, and three-fourths of states may ratify any passed amendments without Congress' involvement. Long and other supporters say an Article V convention, which has never occurred previously, would serve as states' check against what they call federal "dysfunction." The meeting would not cover topics for such a convention, but the legislators argue that by focusing on process, a later application can be considered "solely on [its] merits."

No neophyte to the idea, Long sponsored a 2013 joint resolution calling on Congress to call an Article V convention; although it passed the Senate, it stalled in the House Judiciary Committee. He also successfully advanced two bills delineating the selection and duties of an Indiana delegate to such a convention.

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Ohio Senate Passes SJR 5 an Application for a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment 28-3, with Bi-partisan Support!

The Ohio Senate passed S.J.R. 5, a resolution to propose a federal balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution via a convention for proposing amendments.

The vote was 28 to 3 in favor, with strong bipartisan support.

All Republicans except Senator Peterson and Senator Jordan voted for the amendment because they were absent.

All Democrats except Senator Gentile, Senator Sawyer, and Senator Skindell voted in favor of the bill.

Senate Joint Resolution 5 is sponsored by the Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina. Faber has previously said his proposal was a response to the dysfunctional government in Washington, which has allowed the national debt to surpass $17 trillion.

This legislation is expected to pass the Ohio House in the next several weeks.

In This Issue
Michigan Senate Panel Votes 3-1 to Send SJR V to the Full Senate
Indiana Senator Calls for Article V Convention
Ohio Senate Passes SJR 5 an Application for a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment 28-3


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