Find Your Legislator
Now that the COS application has been filed in the New Jersey State Legislature, the grassroots must push our legislators to vote for the application in both the Senate and the Assembly. We recommend you get to know the legislators that represent your district. The better they get to know you, the more likely they will listen to your advocacy for COS. To find your legislator, click on one of the links below. If you are unsure of what district you live in, the Municipality Index will allow to find which district you live in based on selecting your town. If you know what district you live in, you can select the Legislative Map, where you will be able to click on your district's number to find out your representatives in the Assembly and Senate.
In order for New Jersey to become the next state to call for an Article V Convention, the COS application must pass in both the Assembly and the Senate. The application goes through the same process as other pieces of legislation, with one major difference: the governor's signature is not needed. But what are the steps in this process? The New Jersey Legislature website outlines the process for bills to pass, but below is a synopsis for the COS application, updated to reflect what has been done, and what steps remain.
Step 1: The application must be formally introduced to the Senate Secretary or the Assembly Clerk, where it will be read aloud, re-printed, and submitted to the public. The step has already been completed in both the Assembly and Senate.
Step 2: The Senate President or Assembly Speaker will assign the application to a committee. Currently, the application in the Assembly (ACR84) has been assigned to the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Reform and Federal Relations Committee, whose members can be found here. The application in the Senate (SCR42) has been assigned to the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee, whose members can be found here.
Step 3: The committee will decide whether or not to consider the application. The only way the committee will consider the COS application is if the NJ grassroots demand that action be taken. Once it has decided to consider the application, the committee will hold public meetings, where they will hear testimonies from advocates amongst the people. After the public meetings have concluded, the committee will vote to decide if the application should be sent to the full house (Assembly or Senate) for a vote.
Step 4: After it has been passed through the committee, the Assembly or Senate will vote on the application. It will require a simple majority of 21 votes in the Senate, or 41 votes in the Assembly, for passage. It is important to remember that once it has passed in one house, the application must still be passed by the second house in order for New Jersey to add it's name to the growing list of states demanding an Article V Convention.