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State Senator Bill Coley (R–Liberty Township) this week traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Mount Vernon Assembly having been named an Ohio delegate.
 
In 2013, the Ohio Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 5, which calls for the formation of a constitutional convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget. Ohio was among 23 other states to have called for a convention.
 
“It is no secret that Washington has an out-of-control spending problem, which will impact our nation for generations to come,” said Coley. “It is our responsibility to do what is necessary to right the nation’s course and prevent the inevitable consequences of irresponsibility.”
 
Article V of the U.S. Constitution allows for two means by which the constitution can be amended. The first requires a supermajority of the U.S. Congress (House and Senate) to vote in favor of an amendment and for that amendment to be ratified by three-fourths of the 50 state legislatures. The second allows for the calling of a convention by two-thirds of the 50 state legislatures and ratification of the resulting amendment by three-fourths of the legislatures.
 
Senate Joint Resolution 5 calls for a constitutional convention by invoking the second option outlined by Article V.
 
The Mount Vernon Assembly delegates are tasked with crafting rules and procedures to be followed should a Convention of the States be called under Article V of the United States Constitution.
 
Senator Coley has long been a supporter of a balanced budget amendment to require responsible spending in the federal budget and has even introduced legislation to begin that process during previous legislative sessions.
 
Senate Joint Resolution 5 also specifies that if a convention is called, the Ohio Delegates will be prohibited from voting on any constitutional changes beyond the proposed balanced budget amendment.

 
 
 
  
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