As many of you may already know, I will be one of three Nebraska delegates to a simulated Article V convention in Williamsburg, Virginia Sept. 21-23. Senators Ebke and Friesen will also be in attendance.
An Article V convention is so named because in Article V of the Constitution of the United States of America the process for amendment of the Constitution from the state level is laid out. Below is the specific language from Article V:
“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.”
As stated in the language of the Constitution, two-thirds (34) of the states must participate in a convention of states before proposed amendments can be considered for ratification by the states.
As such, this convention will only be a simulation. I will be serving on the Fiscal Restraints Committee. We will discuss theoretical amendments on how to curtail out of control spending in Washington. I look forward to working with my fellow legislators from across the country and coming back with great ideas to better serve the constituents of District 18 and the state of Nebraska.
Sen. Brett Lindstrom