This is it! We're just ONE week away from the Assembly Judiciary Committee vote on AJR 30, the California Convention of States Project application for an Article V convention of the states and it's time for us to stand up, speak up and show up to the Battle for Liberty! (See details below and forward this to friends & family)
First, please read, print and deliver, or email, this latest COS Progress Report (below) to the Assembly Judiciary Committee. Then refer to the updated talking points and contact roster below to call and write to them over final week and tell them you want them to give the full Assembly an up or down vote!
Remember, Don't Let Up!! Our legislators must know that they are the state’s last line of defense through Article V and that a failure to act on their part will have devastating long term consequences on our children and grandchildren.
Article for Week 15: COS Progress Report for Legislators
Next, please plan to bring friends to the capitol and prepare to show up at 8:00 am on Tuesday, April 26th at the west steps of the Capitol for the pre-hearing meeting. Let's pack the hearing room so there's standing room only! (See details below)
Assembly Judiciary Committee Hearing
* Pre-Hearing Meeting for COS Supporters: Tuesday, 8:00am, April 26th, outside on the west steps of the Capitol (front side facing 10th Street); Meeting Agenda: Pre-hearing announcements, pass out AJR 30 post cards for signature, distribute large "YES! on AJR 30" name tags and take group photos on capitol steps. I would also like to identify a few volunteers who are willing to help capture some video & photos before/during the hearing (if they allow it).
* Hearing Date:/Time: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 9:00am
* Hearing Location: Sacramento State Capitol, Room #447
* COS Resolution #: Assembly Joint Resolution 30 (AJR 30)
Judiciary Committee Talking Points:
(Among other points you may wish to express here are key talking points for the committee)
1) Express your support for AJR 30 to rein in Washington DC and bring back power to the state legislatures to preserve liberty for our children and grandchildren, and future generations of Americans.
2) The States in fact Control the Process: Emphasize that the states control the convention process, and their delegates, through the delegate selection process, through written instructions and through their authority to recall, and hold accountable, delegates who attempt to exceed delegated authority. You can now reference Indiana's legislation for delegate selection and accountability measures and encourage that CA do the same... (IN Code 8.2: http://indianacode.info/ic/title2/part137.htm ).
3) The "Runaway Convention" Myth: Emphasize that neither a runaway amendment, nor convention, is realistic because 3/4 of the states (38) must ultimately ratify each and every proposed amendment that comes out of an amending convention. And California has already passed one Article V convention call in 2014 (for a different amendment) so we know it can be limited.
4) Possible Amendments: Highlight possible amendments that would allow California to keep more of our tax revenue and reduce or eliminate federal interference in state affairs. (Limits on taxing and spending; reining in federal bureaus that unduly interfere with key issues that belong to the states, like water rights, federal lands and other natural resources, etc.).
5) Petition Signatures: Highlight that we are currently averaging 300 petition signatures in each of the 80 assembly districts.
6) Duty: Remind them that, as our state legislators, it is their solemn duty to protect and restore those Constitutional powers that belong to the states.
7) Request Co-Sponsorship: Most important, ask if the member supports AJR 30 to rein in the federal government and if they will consider being a co-sponsor.
Assembly Judiciary Committee:
You may also want to address your correspondence to the committee, which is supposed to disseminate it to all members of the committee...
Assembly Judiciary Committee
1020 N Street, Room 104
Sacramento, CA 95814
Thank you again,
California State Director