Wis. panel to vote on constitutional convention
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin legislative committee is set to vote on a resolution calling for a state convention to propose a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It takes a two-thirds vote in Congress to propose an amendment for states’ ratification. Congress also must grant a request from two-thirds of the states to convene a state convention to propose an amendment. Ratification requires approval from three-quarters of state legislatures. The tea party has been making a national push to convene a convention to propose an amendment requiring the federal government to balance its budget. Wisconsin Republicans have drafted a resolution asking Congress for such a convention. The Assembly election committee is set to vote on the resolution Tuesday. Approval would clear the way for a full Assembly vote.
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