On Thursday the Texas House adopted a resolution calling for a convention of the states. As outlined in Article V of the Constitution, a convention of the states may be held after 34 states have applied to hold such a meeting for the purpose of proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Should any amendments be proposed at such a convention, they are sent to the states for a vote on ratification.
The Lone Star state’s resolution, along with the 10 states before it, calls for a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments specifically pertaining to the following three areas: limiting the size and scope of the Federal Government, imposing term limits on members of Congress and/or Supreme Court justices, and a balanced federal budget requirement.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been a vocal supporter of the Article V solution and had made the passing of such a resolution a top priority for the 2017 legislative season. The Govenor even went so far as to propose his own plan for proposing amendments, called the “Texas Plan,” in which he proposes nine amendments for discussion.
Co-Director for Texas’ Convention of States Project Tamara Colbert told Breitbart News the following:
“The passing of the Convention of States resolution, SJR2 is a testament to the power of American citizens armed with the Constitution and a determination. That if we stand together–We can restore the Constitution and state sovereignty. Thank you Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick for your support and believing that our states are best when the power rests with the people. Passing the COS Resolution is a great day for Texas, as we became the eleventh state to pass.”
In a statement on Thursday, Governor Abbott congratulated the Texas House, calling the resolution an important milestone “toward restraining a runaway federal government. The Texas Legislature has heard and responded to the voices of those they represent,” he said, “and I applaud the efforts of the Texas House to pass this important resolution.”