According to the Convention of States Project, Arizona became the ninth state legislature to call for the launch of an Article V convention of the states. The state became one of the 34 states needed to officially call for a convention in accordance with Article V of the U.S. Constitution:
“ ...On the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; “
Lanterns.buzz has independently confirmed passage of the bill, titled HCR2010, by the Arizona State Senate. The bill will now travel to the desk of Governor Doug Ducey to await his signature.
In a statement to Lanterns.buzz, the primary sponsor of HCR2010: House Majority Whip, Representative Kelly Townsend (R) said the following this afternoon:
“The Framers of the Constitution provided states with this important check on federal power. The U.S. Congress has demonstrated its inability to rein in federal spending or limit the size and scope of the federal government, so it’s time the states exercised this power and did it for them.”
“Today's passage in the Senate is a huge victory for Arizona taxpayers, and I thank the grassroots activists who have worked tirelessly to make an Article V convention a reality.”
As of this evening, it seems the United States is one step closer to an Article V convention to amend our Constitution with a vote from the Texas legislature still in sight.
To learn more about the Article V process, here is a great place to start.