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SM 476 — Amendments to the Constitution of the United States

by Senator Hays

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Rules Committee (RC)

The memorial is a state application to the United States Congress calling upon Congress to convene an Article V constitutional amendments convention for the sole purposes of proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution to:  impose fiscal restraints on the federal government; limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government; and limit the terms of office for federal officials and members of Congress. Each of these three proposed amendment categories is severable from one another and may be counted individually to satisfy the requirement that 34 state legislatures apply to Congress to call a constitutional convention.

The memorial is revoked and withdrawn, nullified, and superseded as if it had never been passed, if it is used for the purpose of calling a convention or used in support of conducting a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution for any purpose other than imposing fiscal restraints on the federal government, limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, or limiting the terms of office for federal officials and members of Congress. 

The memorial serves as a continuing application, in accordance with the requirements for calling a constitutional convention, until the legislatures of at least two-thirds of states also make applications on one or more of the three proposed amendment categories listed in the memorial.

Vote: Senate Adopted; House Adopted