The Article V movement is growing as a result of Americans challenging the ever-growing reach of the federal government that has crossed its constitutional bounds.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 13—Citizens for Self-Governance announces the commissioners attending the first-ever Article V simulated convention of states September 21-23, in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Forty-eight states are sending legislators and respected thought leaders to act as commissioners in performing a test run of an actual Article V convention. Citizens for Self-Governance has posted the list of commissioners here. South Dakota commissioners are: Rep. Isaac Latterell (Tea), Rep. Lynne DiSanto (Rapid City), and Sen. Brock Greenfield (Clark).
Using draft convention rules crafted by the world’s leading Article V scholar, Robert Natelson, and Constitutional expert Michael Farris, state delegations will show the nation that the process designed by the Founders is ready to be deployed as the ultimate “check” on the federal government. At this unprecedented event, state delegations will perform a test run of an actual Article V convention called to consider amendment proposals that “impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and set term limits for its officials and for Members of Congress.”
“America’s Founders meant for us to use Article V—it is in the Constitution because they inherently knew that a consolidation of power at the federal level would eventually become corrupted,” says Mark Meckler, President of Citizens for Self-Governance. “The protection of liberty and securing of our rights now falls to us, because the federal government has proven unwilling to apply the checks and balances the Constitution provides.”
State delegations will focus their efforts on proposing amendments related to the subject matter specified in the Convention of States Project’s model resolution. Michael Farris, co-founder, Convention of States Project, admonishes citizens that a “change in personnel will not restore liberty, but state legislators can institute change to our governing structure through an Article V Convention of States.”
Citizens have been asked to participate in the Convention of States poll on which amendments should be discussed during the convention that begins on Sept 21st. The top three amendment priorities polled by Convention of States Project supporters included (#1) term limits on federal officials, (#2) a balanced-budget amendment, and (#3) stop unnecessary executive orders and burdensome regulations. Citizens are also encouraged to watch the proceedings online by signing up HERE.
The South Dakota House of Representatives considered the Convention of States Project legislation last session (HJR 1002) which passed that body. The South Dakota Senate failed to pass the piece out of committee despite having strong support and a visit to the capitol from former US Senator Tom Coburn (OK-Retired) illustrating the need for immediate action.
Since going down in the legislature last year, the Convention of States Project has brought in a new State Director, Nick Wiggs (Custer) and a new Legislative Liaison, Thomas King (Pierre). In addition several new District Captains have organized meetings throughout South Dakota and are gearing up for the upcoming session in 2017.