Great news from Utah! A House committee passed our resolution Friday, voting in favor of HJR 8 by a vote of 6-3. The Salt Lake Tribune reports:
Sponsoring Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, proposed a similar measure last year that failed. He said the country has changed in the interim. Citing growing national debt, Supreme Court decisions and regulations, Ivory said it was time for the states to take their power back.
"We need to put teeth back in the 10th Amendment," Ivory said.
The convention, he said, could be used to take control of federal lands or otherwise stop the government from "criminalizing everything in people's day-to-day life." [...]
Mark Meckler of the Convention of States, said fears about a "runaway" convention were unwarranted, since the ratification process provides enough of a safeguard to prevent amendments from getting too far out of hand.
"It would take 13 states to kill anything that comes out of the convention," he said.
Nice job, Utah. Our team there has done a fantastic job moving the Convention of States application forward. Next stop: the House floor. If you live in Utah, click here to contact your state representatives.
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