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Indiana Hosting Constitutional Convention Talks

Posted On June 13, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Indiana Statehouse

Indiana Statehouse

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – One-hundred legislators from 33 states are in Indianapolis again Friday to discuss the framework for the first-ever constitutional amendment convention.

The U.S. Constitution allows states to propose amendments if representatives from 34 states meet and agree upon them. An amendment must then be ratified by three-fourths of states – or 38 of them – to become a part of the Constitution while bypassing Congress.

The two-day session dubbed “The Assembly of State Legislatures” began Thursday at the Indiana Statehouse. Participating lawmakers are seeking to establish policies and rules for a possible future convention, according to The Indianapolis Star.

Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) helped organize the movement because he says something has to be done about the country’s tsunami of unsustainable debt.

“Nothing like this gathering has occurred in over two centuries. Though certainly the founders of this nation assumed it would have happened long ago,” Long said.

The assembly was largely Republican, though six Democrats did join.

Ohio State Representative Matt Huffman, a Republican, says changes need to be made in how the country is run.

“Are we going to be the people who deal with the issues right now at the federal government level, or are we going to put that off until a real crisis occurs?” Huffman asked.

Representative Chris Kapenga, A Republican from Wisconsin, says some people think the idea of a constitutional amendment convention is crazy. He said the group is simply acting as a leader.