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. Kansas commissioners are as follows: Rep. Pete Degraaf (Mulvane), Rep. Bill Sutton (Gardner), and Rep. Brett Hildabrand (Shawnee).
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 Kansas House of Representatives considered the Convention of States Project application last session (HCR5010) which narrowly failed to garner the required two-thirds vote needed to be adopted by that body. The Kansas Senate also had a companion piece of legislation that was never allowed a vote in the Federal and State Affairs Committee (SCR1603) despite having strong support and a hearing that featured former US Senator Tom Coburn (OK-Retired) providing testimony regarding the need for immediate action.
The Kansas Convention of States Project has been spearheaded by a grassroots effort which now has over 10,000 supporters. The leadership team is led by State Director, Tony Gillette of Shawnee, KS and coordinated with surrounding states by Regional Director, David Schneider of Marion, KS.