Missouri General Assembly Approves a Con-Con Resolution
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The following update is a legislative alert from our friends at the John Birch Society.
We would like to update you on the outcome of an important resolution in the Missouri General Assembly.
Unfortunately, on May 13, the General Assembly approved Con-Con resolution SCR 4. It follows the wording of Mark Meckler’s Convention of States Project, or COS Project, application, urging Congress to call a convention to propose amendments “that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and members of Congress.” In 2017, the General Assembly passed an identical resolution, but with a five-year expiration clause. SCR 4 removes that sunset clause. As a small silver lining, the resolution’s passage does not increase the total number of states with COS applications.
Other Con-Con resolutions are still pending in the General Assembly. These include SCR 1, which calls for an Article V convention “to give states the authority to repeal a Federal rule, regulation, or statute, or a Federal court ruling relating to certain federal actions when ratified by the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states.” Additionally, SCR 8 and HCR 36 call for congressional term limits. Tell your state representative and senator to oppose these resolutions.
Furthermore, tell your legislators to rescind every existing application for an Article V convention. Missouri has made several such applications besides SCR 4 and its 2017 equivalent; these include a 1907 application for a general unlimited convention, a 1963 application to revise Article V, a 1984 Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) application, and a 2018 term limits application, among several other applications. A rescission resolution can model the one successfully passed last month in Colorado, or one that North Dakota legislators attempted to pass this year. Such resolutions will go a long way toward protecting our Constitution from changes that would move our country even closer toward Marxism.
Additionally, tell your legislators to nullify all unconstitutional federal actions, rather than pursuing a risky Article V convention. Positively, the General Assembly passed a strong bill to nullify a wide range of past, present, and future federal gun controls, sending the bill to the governor. However, there is much more that legislators can do to counter a Constitution-ignoring federal government.
The John Birch Society encourages you to remain in contact and continue educating your state legislators about these important issues imperative to keeping our Republic and promoting individual liberty.
As Robert Welch wrote, “education is our total strategy, and truth is our only weapon.”