Pierre, SD, January 26, 2016 – South Dakota state legislators have officially filed HJR1002 in the House with multiple sponsors in the House: Representatives Latterell, Chase, DiSanto, Haggar, Haugaard, Jensen (Kevin), May, Mickelson, Mills, Peterson (Sue), Pischke, Qualm, Schaefer, Willadsen, and Zikmund and Senators Jensen (Phil), Bolin, Langer, Maher, Netherton, Novstrup, Rusch, Stalzer, and Wiik, that seeks an amendment-proposing Convention of the States to curb the federal government’s abuse of power by imposing fiscal restraints on Congress and limiting the jurisdiction of the federal government. South Dakota now joins 16 other states that have introduced the resolution with an expected 38 states to consider this identical legislation this year.
Rep. Latterell Rep. DiSanto
Sen. Phil Jensen Sen. Stalzer
Regional Director, Dave Schneider was in Pierre for the submission of the resolution today and said, “this is a very important time for South Dakota. We are seeing a bump in citizen activists joining the COS Project in the state because it does not matter which party is in power—neither party will limit their power. This is the only constitutional way for the states to push back against the federal government.”
A number of major public figures have endorsed the Convention of States option in recent months. Among them are Marco Rubio, Mark Levin, Senator Tom Coburn, Sean Hannity, Governor Mike Huckabee, Governor Sarah Palin, Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor Greg Abbott, and Thomas Sowell. Under Article V, two-thirds of the states must pass a resolution applying for a convention; once called, three-fourths of the states must ratify any proposed amendment to the Constitution.
Rep. Latterell introducing HJR1002
About the Convention of States Project:
The Convention of States Project is currently organized in all 50 states, including hundreds of thousands of volunteers, supporters and advocates committed to stopping the federal government’s abuse of power. Eight states have already passed the identical COS Resolution, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Louisiana, since the project launched in 2013. In 2016, the COS Project filed our resolutions in 37 states. For more information visit www.ConventionofStates.com.
Learn more about the process by watching this video: