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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 86 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 86

(By Delegates Overington, Ambler, Anderson, Andes, Arvon, Border, Butler, Cadle, Canterbury, Cooper, Cowles, Craig, Ellington, A. Evans, D. Evans, Faircloth, Folk, Frich, Gearheart, Hamilton, Hamrick, Householder, Manypenny, Marcum, McCuskey, Miller, E. Nelson, Pasdon, Raines, Romine, Rowan, Shott, R. Smith, Sobonya, Sumner, Walters, Westfall and Williams)

[Introduced February 11, 2014; referred to the

Committee on Rules.]

 

Application of the West Virginia Legislature to Congress, under the provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, for the calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing amendments that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials.

    Whereas, The Founders of our Constitution empowered State Legislators to be guardians of liberty against future abuses of power by the federal government; and

    Whereas, The federal government has created a crushing national debt through improper and imprudent spending; and

    Whereas, The federal government has invaded the legitimate roles of the states through the manipulative process of federal mandates, most of which are unfunded to a great extent; and

    Whereas, The federal government has ceased to live under a proper interpretation of the Constitution of the United States; and

    Whereas, It is the solemn duty of the States to protect the liberty of our people – particularly for the generations to come - to propose Amendments to the Constitution of the United States through a Convention of the States under Article V to place clear restraints on these and related abuses of power; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Legislature of the State of West Virginia hereby applies to Congress, under the provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, for the calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing amendments that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Secretary of State is hereby directed to transmit certified copies of this application to the President and Secretary of the United States Senate and to the Speaker and Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, and copies to each member of West Virginia's congressional delegation; also to transmit copies hereof to the presiding officers of each of the legislative houses in the several states, requesting their cooperation; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That this application constitutes a continuing application in accordance with Article V of the Constitution of the United States until the Legislatures of at least two thirds of the several states have made applications on the same subject.

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