Conservatives are careful before they act, by nature. Fear of the unknown can be debilitating. That explains why liberals have been so successful in inserting fear into the ranks of conservatives regarding an Article V Convention of States. We are constantly reminded that we should fear Article V of the Constitution, which allows the states to call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution. Terms like “runaway convention” and “con-con” are thrown around to exacerbate these fears.Read more
As the Kansas Legislature Kicks off this Week, Wichita Holds a Talk on Convention of States
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).Read more
This is the official Call to Action page for the Kansas Convention of States team. We will continually update this page and send out new communications each time it is updated to alert you to come back and take action.
Yesterday in Topeka, the Kansas House, rejected Kansas' application under Article V of the U.S. Constitution to call a Convention of States to fix the problems with the federal government. Looking at the votes, it would seem that liberty is alive in our House of Representatives. The measure had support on a 77-47 margin. Unfortunately HJR5010 did not meet the 84 (2/3) threshold for passage as required in Kansas. This high threshold is unusual, but is part of the MANY safeguards in place in the Article V amendment process. The voting was clear where the battle lines of liberty are to be drawn. This was a bipartisan issue garnering votes in favor from both political parties. Commend the "Yes" votes for their stance in recognizing the dire condition of our federal government and for taking a stand.
Where does the movement in Kansas go from here? There are nearly 11,000 Kansans pushing the measure with more signing up every day. This is certainly not a dead issue, and in fact could be brought up for reconsideration at any point if enough of the "no" votes today commit themselves to a "yes". It is now in our hands to reach out to these Representatives in a polite and professional way and ask for time to explain the merits of this movement.Read more
Kansas took their very first vote today on the Convention of States resolution to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. The Kansas House of Representatives voted 77-44 to move forward on the consideration of the application to add Kansas to the list of states signing on to the Convention of States model legislation. This was a procedural vote only, but allows you to understand who is supportive and who is not.Read more