Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes.
At issue is what's known as a "constitutional convention," a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At its core, Article V provides two ways for amendments to be proposed. The first – which has been used for all 27 amendment to date – requires two-thirds of both the House and Senate to approve a resolution, before sending it to the states for ratification. The Founding Fathers, though, devised an alternative way which says if two-thirds of state legislatures demand a meeting, Congress “shall call a convention for proposing amendments.”
The idea has gained popularity among constitutional scholars in recent years -- but got a big boost last week when Michigan lawmakers endorsed it.
Michigan matters, because by some counts it was the 34th state to do so. That makes two-thirds.
Full Article: http://www.foxnews.c...gains-momentum/
This actually happened a while back (mid 2014), but I only recently ran into it while working on a personal Constitutional Rewrite project in my free time. For the Americans on here: What do you think about the possibility of a new constitutional convention of all 50 states. Keep in mind that everything is on the table. There are no written rules as to what could happen. We could be left with a significantly different Constitution. For you foreigners: what would you change about the current document and can you imagine it ever changing this drastically?
I've actually been thinking about holding a Constitutional Rewrite on these boards because we seem to have some politically informed people here, but I figured we may as well finish our charter before that happens