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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

[Primary Sponsor]

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying resolution:

Resolutions calling on Article V of the United States Constitution for the convening of a Convention of the States.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Paul Grigsby

 


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 2290        FILED ON: 2/8/2019

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A petition (accompanied by resolutions) (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Paul Grigsby for legislation to call on Article V of the United States Constitution for the convening of a Convention of the States.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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Resolutions calling on Article V of the United States Constitution for the convening of a Convention of the States.

 

WHEREAS, the Founders of our Constitution empowered State Legislators to be guardians of liberty against future abuses of power by the federal government, and

WHEREAS, the federal government has created a crushing national debt through improper and imprudent spending, and

WHEREAS, the federal government has invaded the legitimate roles of the states through the manipulative process of federal mandates, most of which are unfunded to a great extent, and

WHEREAS, the federal government has ceased to live under a proper interpretation of the Constitution of the United States, and

WHEREAS, it is the solemn duty of the States to protect the liberty of our people, particularly for the generations to come, by proposing Amendments to the Constitution of the United States through a Convention of the States under Article V for the purpose of restraining these and related abuses of power; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the legislature of the State of Massachusetts hereby applies to Congress, under the provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, for the calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Secretary of State is hereby directed to transmit copies of this application to the President and Secretary of the United States Senate and to the Speaker and Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, and copies to the members of the said Senate and House of Representatives from this State; also to transmit copies hereof to the presiding officers of each of the legislative houses in the several States, requesting their cooperation; and be it further

RESOLVED, that this application constitutes a continuing application in accordance with Article V of the Constitution of the United States until the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the several states have made applications on the same subject.