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!

 

March 17, 2021 Article V Convention Legislative Progress Report

 Fellow Fivers:

 Five weeks have passed since my initial 2021 report.  Thanks to Stu McPhail and the Article V Caucus for placing it on their website (http://articlevcaucus.com/news/the-article-v-convention-legislative-progress-report/), for forwarding it to our 7000+ state legislators throughout the country and for publishing a link to it on “Hunt for Liberty.”

As of this report, some 107 items of Article V legislation have been filed in 38 different states. That compares favorably to the activity we saw pre-COVID/2020.

U.S. Term Limits and COS Project are easily the most active groups.  U.S. Term Limits has filed in 18 states with all resolutions currently “Active.”  They passed the House in NC and WV, the Senate in GA, and are out of committee in the AZ House. COS has filed in 22 states with 17 remaining “Active.” I did not see where COS has made it out of any committees yet. WolfPAC is active in five states and BBA is active only in SC.

 As pressure mounts in Washington to water down or abolish the Senate filibuster thus giving absolute power to the Democrats, one would hope that the conservative states could see that the Article V state-led amendment process is the last bastion of power left to those states to overcome and bring checks and balances back to our federal government.

 Attached is the latest AVC Legislative Progress Report.  Be sure to let me know if you see any missing items or if you have more updated information.

If I can ever be of assistance to any of you, please don’t hesitate to ask.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­David F. Guldenschuh

Editor and Publisher

The Article V Convention Legislative Progress Report

 

2021 03 17 AVC LPR


  • Election Integrity Efforts Relate to 2020 Election Hijinks
  • State Legislatures Must Take Back Power
  • The Guldenschuh Report Has Returned
  • Developments Related to Constitutional Amendments
  • Transparency is One Answer to National Debt Problem
  • Sen. Paul Introduces ‘Three Penny Budget-Balancing Plan’
  • Tidbits of Related News
  • Good Related Reads

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Fellow Fivers:

The four major Article V advocacy groups all started off the new decade last year with great goals and optimism only to be totally shut down by the coronavirus pandemic. So much water has gone under the bridge since then that it is difficult to offer an assessment as to the future of the movement. The 2020 elections fundamentally reshaped our country politically. The division and partisanship has never been more heated. The federal government flipped dramatically to the Democrat side, but the state legislatures, with only a few exceptions, remained largely conservative. More drastic changes are likely coming in 2022 with redistricting in the spotlight.


This Month…

Passion in Politics – January 6 was ‘an example of
unhinged enthusiasm, of passions run amok’
The Original Article V – in the Articles of Confederation
Current News about Constitutional Amendment Proposals
WEBINAR: Advancing the American Voice – Feb. 23
The Principle of Federalism is Getting More Attention
Natelson: Election Integrity is the Real Issue
Senator Lundberg: Will Freedom be Lost on our Watch?
Will One or More States Secede from the United States


This Month…

  • Writer Contends that American Federalism is in Tatters
  • Webinar: Protecting the American Voice – January 26
  • Natelson:  State Legislators Have Abdicated Responsibilities
  • Election Integrity is now a Major National Issue
  • Epoch Times Editorial: Americans Need to Speak Up
  • ‘Keep Nine’ Effort Presses Forward with Proposal
  • The Status of Unreceived Article V-Related Resolutions

                  Related Items of Interest

  • Citizen-focused Constitutional Conference Proposed
  • Effort to Enact an ‘Abolition Amendment’ Announced
  • New Film Features Herman Cain & the Founding Fathers
  • The US House Announces Plans to work 25% less

This Month…

  • Federalism – The Answer to ‘A Fractured Republic’
  • Disperse Power Out of Washington to Unite the Nation
  • Avoid Breaking Apart by Rekindling Federalism
  • About New Stimulus Funds, ‘Try a Little Federalism’
  • Use Article V to Make Elections Great Again
  • Article V-Related News from the 2020 Election
  • Orrin Hatch: Use Article V to Save the Supreme Court
  • Amendments Sought to Create ‘a Democratic Constitution’
  • Links to More Article V Web Sites
  • Four Good Related Reads

This Month…

  • 11/17 Caucus Webinar:Strengthening the American Voice
  • Nebraska Governor: Say No to State Bailouts
  • Federalism is Important – Even in a Pandemic
  • 3 Keys Suggested for Getting Federalism Going Again
  • US Federal Deficit Spending Tripled in Fiscal 2020
  • National Debt Projected to Explode Under Biden or Trump
  • To American Youth, Debt = Taxation W/O Representation
  • Constitutional Amendment Proposed to ‘Keep Nine’
  • Bi-Partisan Leaders Call for Congressional Term Limits
  • EditorialThe Democrat Who Fought for
    Federalism, Conservatism & Bi-Partisan Decision-Making
  • How the Convention of States Option Got Into Article V
  • Status of Article V Web Sites

This Month…

  • The Principles of Federalism: Still Alive, But Barely: A digest of 11 Federalism-focused news stories and opinion pieces.
  • Heritage: ‘Congress Must Address the National Debt’
  • Federal Bureaucrats Spend Billions in Year-end Binges
  • A Call for Rebuilding Trust in American Leadership
  • State Legislators Often Do Not Have Primary Challenges
  • ‘Revive Five’ says Attorney/Author
  • Special Conference for State Legislators Set for Dallas
  • New Book: UNMASKED2020

*  *  *  *  NOTICE  *  *  *  *  

In the US, Thursday, September 17 is Constitution Day (also known as Citizenship Day), celebrating the day in 1787 when the US Constitution was formally signed in Philadelphia by 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, leading to it becoming America’s principle governing document.

In honor of that special day, the State Legislators’ Article V Caucus will be hosting a free one-hour online presentation entitled “Restoring the American Voice” beginning at 8 PM (Eastern Time).  The informative event will focus on how, in a time when Americans are increasingly frustrated with government, state legislators are meant to be the guardian of that American voice. To register and receive sign-in info, click HERE.

This Month…

  • US Federal Credit Rating Downgraded
  • Forbes:  Expect $78 Trillion National Debt by 2028
  • New Internet Site Tracks COVID-related Federal Spending
  • ALEC: BBA Could Resolve America’s Debt Problems
  • Law Professor: Article V Should Not be Trusted
  • ERA Questions are Now in District Courts
  • CoSP University Offers Course on the Constitution
  • Left-Leaning Group Proposes Term Limits for SCOTUS
  • An Alternative View of Needed Federal Governance Reforms

This Month…

  • ALEC Workshop Weighed ‘Four Paths to a BBA’
  • BREAKING NEWS:  America is Suffering ‘Debt Fatigue’
  • This Year’s Federal Deficit Projected to Hit $3.7 Trillion
  • Scott Walker Offers a Way to Fix the US Debt Crisis
  • NBA Player Wants to Highlight the National Debt
  • Can California Save America from Itself?
  • New Group Seeks to Address Distrust of Government
  • Activists Continue to Fight for the 1972-Proposed ERA
  • Right to Vote Amendment Proposed