NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 4, 2016 – The Tennessee House of Representatives passed Senate Joint Resolution 67 today, adding Tennessee to the list of states calling for a Convention of the States to propose Amendments to U.S. the Constitution.
“Just before the end of the convention in 1787, George Mason realized that the states needed a Constitutional remedy for a federal government that would not restrain itself. He insisted on adding a state led initiative into Article V for proposing amendments to the Constitution. It passed unanimously. “If there was ever a time in the history of our Republic that states needed to take advantage of having that constitutional authority, it is now! Our states’ rights have been ignored, overridden and trampled.” said Rep. Sheila Butt (R-Columbia).
Butt, the sponsor of the resolution in the House, sees the passage of SJR 0067 as a timely and necessary opportunity for the states to utilize Article V provisions of the United States Constitution to convene a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution.. This resolution, which passed 59-31-1, specifically calls for a convention to consider amendments for three topics only: 1) to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, 2) limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and 3) limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.
The Senate version of the same language passed overwhelmingly during the last session.
Tennessee becomes the fifth state to adopt such a measure, which will require the support of a total of 34 states to reach the constitutionally required 2/3rds threshold needed to convene such a convention.
“I am looking forward to this process as it moves through the other 45 states,” said Butt. ”The identical Resolution is currently being carried in 33 other States this year. I suspect that Congress is beginning to hear our voice.”