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H.J.R. 8

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JOINT RESOLUTION APPLYING FOR AN ARTICLE V

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AMENDMENTS CONVENTION

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2012 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Bradley M. Daw

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Senate Sponsor: ____________

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This joint resolution of the Legislature applies for and requests that the United States
             11      Congress call a convention to propose a constitutional amendment providing that an
             12      increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the
             13      several states (amendments convention).
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This resolution:
             16          .    applies to the United States Congress for a convention to be called to propose an
             17      amendment to the United States Constitution providing that an increase in the
             18      federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the several
             19      states;
             20          .    directs that the amendments convention must be entirely focused upon and
             21      exclusively limited to that subject;
             22          .    intends that the application be a continuing application until at least two-thirds of
             23      the legislatures of the several states have made application for an equivalently
             24      limited convention; and
             25          .    strongly urges the presiding officers of each house of each legislature of the several
             26      states to make application to the United States Congress as provided in this
             27      resolution.


             28      Special Clauses:
             29          None
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             31      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          WHEREAS, Article V of the United States Constitution requires a convention to be
             33      called by the United States Congress for the purpose of proposing amendments to the
             34      Constitution upon application of two-thirds of the legislatures of the several states
             35      (amendments convention); and
             36          WHEREAS, the Legislature of the state of Utah favors the proposal and ratification of
             37      an amendment to the United States Constitution providing that an increase in the federal debt
             38      requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the several states:
             39          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah,
             40      under Article V of the United States Constitution, respectfully applies for a convention to be
             41      called by the United States Congress for the purpose of proposing an amendment to the United
             42      States Constitution providing that an increase in the federal debt requires approval from a
             43      majority of the legislatures of the several states.
             44          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the amendments convention contemplated by this
             45      application must be focused entirely upon and exclusively limited to the subject matter of
             46      proposing for ratification an amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing that
             47      an increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the
             48      several states.
             49          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah intends that this
             50      application be a continuing application in accordance with Article V of the United States
             51      Constitution until at least two-thirds of the legislatures of the several states have made
             52      application for an equivalently limited convention.
             53          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah strongly urges
             54      the presiding officers of each house of each legislature of the several states to make application
             55      to the United States Congress for the calling of a convention as provided in this resolution.
             56          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the President of
             57      the United States, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the members of
             58      Utah's congressional delegation, and to the presiding officers of each house of the legislatures


             59      of each state of the United States.




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