Currently before the Oklahoma Senate Rules Committee is Senate Joint Resolution 41, a joint application to Congress to call two separate Article V conventions: 1) to propose a federal Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the U.S. Constitution, and 2) one based on the Convention of States Project model resolution to propose an unspecified number of amendments broadly seeking to “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.”
URGENT ACTION: Call members of the state Senate Finance Committee (name and phone numbers of committee members below) and urge them to oppose the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 41, a joint application to Congress to call two separate Article V conventions: 1) to propose a federal Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the U.S. Constitution, and 2) one based on the Convention of States Project model resolution to propose an unspecified number of amendments broadly seeking to “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.”
Republican Committee Members:
Senator Darcy Jech (R) – Chair: 405-521-5545
Senator Mark Allen (R) – Vice Chair: 405-521-5576
Senator Julie Daniels (R): 405-521-5634
Senator Greg McCortney (R): 405-521-5541
Senator Lonnie Paxton (R): 405-521-5537
Senator Frank Simpson (R): 405-521-5607
Senator Gary Stanislawski (R): 405-521-5624
Senator Roger Thompson (R): 405-521-5588
Democrat Committee Members:
Both of SJR 41’s applications for a BBA and COS Project-type convention, constitute a joint application for a constitutional convention (Con-Con).
Black’s Law Dictionary, defines “constitutional convention” as: “A duly constituted assembly of delegates or representatives of the people of a state or nation for the purpose of framing, revising, or amending its constitution. Art. V of U.S. Const. provides that a Constitutional Convention may be called on application of the Legislatures of two-thirds of the states.”
Despite what supporters of SJR 41 claim, there is no guarantee that a constitutional convention would in fact be “limited” to a specific amendment (such as a BBA) or to a subject of amendments, as in the case of the COS Project application. Such a convention could easily exceed its original parameters and turn into a “runaway convention,” in which not only radical or harmful amendments may be proposed, but the method of ratification – currently by either three-fourths of the state legislators or special state ratifying conventions (whichever of the two Congress decides) – may also be changed to either a new lower threshold or an entirely new method, such as by a national referendum, in a modern appeal to “democracy.”
In fact, at the original Philadelphia Convention of 1787, the delegates changed the mode of ratification for making alterations to the constitution from ALL State Legislatures, under Article XIII of the Articles of Confederation, to current method of just three-fourths of the state legislatures or ratifying conventions, under the then-new Article V of the Constitution. On September 13, 1788, with only 11 of the 13 states having ratified the new Constitution, the Continental Congress passed a resolution declaring that it “had been ratified.” With such precedent, who can say it will not happen again?
In 2016, the Oklahoma Legislature also passed a similar BBA+COS Con-Con application (Senate Joint Resolution 4) with a sunset expiration of December 31, 2023. SJR 41 would extend SJR 4’s original sunset expiration by an additional five years to December 31, 2028.
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Please visit, phone, email, and tweet the members of the Senate Rules Committee to oppose SJR 41. Although we provide a way to easily email to the committee members, we know from long experience that it takes a lot more interaction with your legislators than that provided by emails alone. Use the phone numbers above to call each committee member. You may also click on the name of each committee member for the office address and additional contact information.
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