As State Legislators, we have a solemn obligation to defend the rights of the people and protect the sovereign authority of our states, but the powers in Washington D.C. have made that almost impossible. Decades of out of control spending and a slow erosion of the balance of power between the states and the Federal government have all but destroyed the constitutional federalism that our founding fathers established.

The drafters of our Constitution knew this could happen and so they gave us the tools to keep the genius of Federalism functioning, but we have to use those tools.

The stronger we are, the sooner we can take the credit cards away from Washington and put our nation back on track.

Join the caucus today!

For a detailed report on Article V efforts from around the country:

AVC Progress Report 5-18


  • Progress Slows in Article V Drives
  • ‘Politics Prevailed Over Substance’ in Oklahoma
  • Senator Enzi Acknowledged BBA Applications are at 27
  • JBS Denies Its History, Betrays Its Mission
  • Mississippi State Senator Pens Compelling OpEd
  • CATO Article Underscores Major Federal Deficits
  • Virginia Citizen Leader Laments Failure of Assembly
  • BBA Event to Follow ALEC Savannah Meeting
  • Assembly of Legislatures Cancels Denver Session 
  • GAO Recommends Action to Restore Fiscal Balance
  • Why Utah Called for an Article V Convention

  • Recently Published Articles of Interest
  • Presidential Candidates Invited to Sign BBA Support Pledge
  • Group in Significant JBS Community Endorses Article V 
  • Article V Campaign News
  • Newspaper Article Generates Flurry of Discussion by Article V Proponents on How to Communicate About the Provision

  • Current Article V Activity Across the US –
            Three States Adopt New Article V Applications
            Actions in Several Other States
  • Act 2 – A Whole Different Approach to Using Article V
  • A Great New Tool for Following Article V Progress
  • An Important A5 Memorandum for Legislators
  • Federalism Brings Decision-Making Closer to Voters
  • Assistance in Selling the Need for an Article V/BBA

Written by Attorney Mike Stern on 2/15/2015 to a state legislatorwho was concerned about a possible  “runaway convention”.

Dear State Legislator:

I served as a counsel to Congress for many years, including 8 years as Senior Counsel to the House of Representatives. Since leaving the Hill, I have written extensively on a variety of legal issues related to Congress and the legislative process, including the Article V process for proposing amendments initiated by the state legislatures. A link to a law review article I published several years ago on the Article V convention may be found at I am writing to clear up significant misconceptions which are being circulated regarding the Article V process.

  • Assembly of State Legislatures Plan Denver Meeting
  • New Newsletter Focuses on Article V
  • Eagle Forum Elects New President
  • ‘Typhoon’ Lou Is An Energetic Voice for A5 Efforts
  • Tea Party Express to Campaign for BBA-focused A5 Drive
  • George Soros Discovered as Funder of Anti-A5 Efforts
                Article V is Coming Alive in 2015
  • An Update on State-by-State Article V Legislation
  • An Update on Specific A5 Campaigns

  • New Article V Information Web Site Launched
  • Two Endorsements Emerge for Compact for America Plan
  • Texas Legislator Ignores His Party’s Article V Naysayers
  • New U. S. House Rule Aimed at Helping Article V Drives 
  • 2015 – Becoming  the Year Article V Came Alive – Progress Reports from Article V groups
  • Can a Modern Day Nationwide Convention of States Really Happen?

  • Article V Was Prime Topic in DC during First Days of December
  • 2015:  ‘The Year Article Five Came Alive’ – 9 Groups Are Ready
  • National Debt Now Exceeds $18 Trillion
  • Ohio Governor John Kasich will Hit the Road Promoting a BBA
  • Links to Current Article V Reportage

  • Four Early December DC-Area Events Will Impact Article V Efforts
  • New Group Announces Drive for Two Article V Amendments
  • Republican Whip Calls for a BBA
  • Natelson Addresses Article V Convention Process at Symposium
  • Could a BBA Become a “Debt Brake”?

  • Assembly of State Legislatures to Meet in DC
  • Effort in NC to Rescind Article V Applications Thwarted
  • The Convention of States Project is Ramping Up
  • Compact for America Geared to Move Forward
  • The 5-Year Cost of Not Having a BBA – Over $6.9 Trillion
  • US Senator Tom Coburn Supports Article V Amendments
  • Independence Institute Aims to Set Up Article V Info Center
  • Citizen’s Group Seeks Amendment to Overturn Federal Actions
  • Tidbits of Article V News