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CONVENTION OF STATES: North Carolina Could Be Next in Joining Initiative to Restore Balance Between State and Federal Government

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North Carolina Could Be Next in Joining Initiative to Restore Balance Between State and Federal Government
By Matt McGregor, The Epoch Times, May 28, 2022:

North Carolina could be joining the Convention of States that seeks to restore the balance between the state and federal government using Article V of the United States Constitution.

In March 2021, the North Carolina House passed House Joint Resolution 233, which calls for the state to be added to the convention, now leaving it up to the Senate to follow the House’s lead.

A Convention of States freedom rally will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, on June 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where there will be multiple speakers, including Convention of States Action (COSA) Co-Founder and President Mark Meckler.

“This has never been done before in American history,” Meckler told The Epoch Times. “The ability to do it is contained within the second clause of Article V of the Constitution.”

Article V gives states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments. It takes 34 states to call the convention and 38 to ratify any amendments that are proposed, Meckler said.

Meckler, an attorney who specialized in technology law, has led several efforts to limit the federal government’s power.

In addition to serving as interim CEO of the social media platform Parler in 2021, Meckler co-founded the Tea Party Patriots in 2009, one of the largest Tea Party organizations in the country, before leaving in 2012.

He later founded Citizens for Self-Governance and launched a successful class-action lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service, which at the time was illegally targeting Tea Party groups.

In 2013, he co-founded COSA with attorney Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, to pursue the Article V strategy, which allows for the states to come together to propose constitutional amendments that limit the federal powers and spending, as well as impose term limits on federal officials.

Reining in the Federal Government

“The Article tells us two ways to amend our Constitution,” Meckler said. “One is two-thirds of both Houses in Congress can propose any amendment they want, and then that goes out to the states for ratification. It takes three-quarters, or 38 states, to ratify it. All 27 amendments have come that way by recommendation from Congress.”

Found in the second clause, however, is an alternative to the former way that the Founders provided to override the federal government if there ever got to be a point in American history in which the central powers had become too tyrannical and stopped listening to the American people, Meckler said.

“They needed a way to allow for the states themselves to rein in the federal government,” Meckler said.

The Resolution

For a state to join, the legislature must propose a resolution that doesn’t require a governor’s signature.

“After it’s passed by a simple majority in both chambers, then it becomes a call or a resolution to join the convention,” Meckler said. “So far, 19 out of the required 34 states have called to join just in the last 90 days.”

Wisconsin, Nebraska, Virginia, and South Carolina are among the states that have passed resolutions.

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