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Texas Joins Call for Convention of States to Rein In Washington

The Republican-controlled Texas Legislature passed a Convention of States Resolution, becoming the eleventh. Article V of the U.S. Constitution allows for a Convention of States to restrict the power of the federal government.

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Texas Governor Declares Convention of States a Lege Emergency Item

“For decades, the federal government has grown out of control. It has increasingly abandoned the Constitution, stiff-armed the states and ignored its citizens,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott told legislators and those gathered for his State of the State address on Tuesday. He declared legislation supporting an Article V Convention of States to be an emergency item for the session.

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Exclusive — ‘Veto Corleone’ Jeb Bush on Breitbart News Daily: Article V Convention of States for Balanced Budget, Term Limit, Line-Item Veto Amendments

ROCK HILL, South Carolina — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, told Breitbart News Daily in an interview here that aired Friday morning on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 that he backs an Article V Constitutional Convention of the States to amend the U.S. Constitution for a variety of reasons. Those reasons, Bush laid out in the interview conducted aboard his campaign bus here after a town hall event on Thursday evening, include having a Balanced Budget Amendment, a Line-Item Veto Amendment, and a Term Limits Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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How the Proposed ‘Assembly of the States’ Differs from an Article V Convention of the States

The proposed Assembly of the States can begin any time a single state legislature decides to act as host. A May 2016 start date is entirely reasonable, as most of the 50 state legislatures will convene in January 2016, which gives plenty of time for them to act, if they are so inclined. And the recommendations from the Assembly of the States could be put into effect immediately by the states.

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Call for an ‘Assembly of the States’ in May 2016

We are, after all, the United States of America, not the United Federal Government of America. The Assembly of the States would convene irrespective of the number of state legislatures that choose to send a delegation. Should all 50 states choose to send a delegation, a total of 250 delegates would be present. Should just the host state’s delegates attend, a total of only 5 delegates will be present.