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UPDATE: Wis. Assembly OKs amendment convention request

UPDATED Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 6:58 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a resolution calling for a convention of states to develop a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The group Citizens for Self-Governance, led by Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler, has launched a national push for a convention to craft the amendment. The group contends Congress will never move such an amendment forward on its own.

Thirty-four states have to request such a convention before Congress can authorize it. The Wisconsin resolution's author, Republican Rep. Chris Kapenga, says about 20 states have already passed a convention resolution.

Minority Democrats called the resolution a waste of time during a floor debate Tuesday. Republicans control the chamber, however, and the resolution ultimately passed on a 58-38 party line vote.

Both proposals now go to the state Senate.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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UPDATED Tuesday, February 18, 2014 --- 9:37 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is set to vote on a resolution calling for a convention of states to develop a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The group Citizens for Self-Governance, led by Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler, has launched a national push for a convention to craft the amendment. The group contends Congress will never move such an amendment forward on its own.

Thirty-four states have to request such a convention before Congress can authorize it. The Wisconsin resolution's author, Republican Rep. Chris Kapenga, says about 20 states have already passed a convention resolution.

The Assembly is set to vote on the resolution Tuesday. Also on the agenda is a Kapenga bill establishing a five-person convention delegation.

Approval would send the measures to the state Senate.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, February 4, 2014 --- 1:14 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin legislative committee has approved a resolution calling for a convention of states to craft a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

It takes a two-thirds vote in Congress to propose an amendment for states' ratification. Congress also must grant a request from two-thirds of the states to convene a convention to propose an amendment. Ratification requires approval from three-quarters of state legislatures.

The tea party has been making a national push to convene a convention to propose an amendment requiring the federal government to balance its budget. Wisconsin Republicans have drafted a resolution asking Congress for such a convention.

The Republican-controlled Assembly Campaigns and Elections Committee approved the resolution 6-2 Tuesday. The resolution goes next to the full Assembly.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, February 4, 2014 --- 4:58 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin legislative committee is set to vote on a resolution calling for a state convention to propose a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

It takes a two-thirds vote in Congress to propose an amendment for states' ratification. Congress also must grant a request from two-thirds of the states to convene a state convention to propose an amendment. Ratification requires approval from three-quarters of state legislatures.

The tea party has been making a national push to convene a convention to propose an amendment requiring the federal government to balance its budget. Wisconsin Republicans have drafted a resolution asking Congress for such a convention.

The Assembly election committee is set to vote on the resolution Tuesday. Approval would clear the way for a full Assembly vote.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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