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In today’s mailbag from my ever alert and engaged local 9-12/Tea Party group:

“It looks like our state legislators are pushing through a request (bill) for an amendment to the US Constitution.  If memory serves me correctly, this could open up The US Constitution to a full blown convention with some nasty unintended consequences. 

We cannot allow the current occupiers of DC to make changes to our Constitution.  They may mean well, but figures can lie and liars can figure…. 

A much better way to balance our budget be a bill to require them to borrow no money and to start a savings account by year XXXX.  They can’t do that without balancing the budget.

Let me know if this bothers you, too.

http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/8005

http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/0499

http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2012/0499/Analyses/orN5uQsKggEgZxFhMHt8D0ZkClo=|11/Public/Bills/0400-0499/0499/Analysis/h0499d.SAC.PDF

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State Action

In 1983, thirty-two states had passed resolutions requesting a constitutional convention for proposing a balanced budget amendment; two short of the required thirty-four states.8 However, after the enactment of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Balanced Budget Act of 1985, Florida and Alabama rescinded their applications for a constitutional convention.

The Amendment Process
Article Five of the U.S. Constitution establishes the process to amend the Constitution. The amendment process consists of essentially two steps:

1. an amendment must be proposed and
2. the amendment must be ratified by 38 states.

An amendment may be proposed by two-thirds of both houses of the U.S. Congress or by a national convention. A national convention may be assembled if requested by at least 34 state legislatures. To become part of the Constitution, proposed amendments must be ratified either by approval of at least 38 state legislatures or state ratifying conventions. Congress decides which method of ratification must be used. Any amendment ratified by 38 states becomes a valid part of the constitution.

In order for the Florida Legislature to ratify an amendment, a majority of the members present and voting in each house must vote in favor of a concurrent resolution approving the amendment.