ENROLLED 2014 Legislature SM 658 2014658er 1 2 A memorial to the Congress of the United States, 3 applying to Congress to call a convention for the sole 4 purpose of proposing an amendment to the Constitution 5 of the United States which requires a balanced federal 6 budget. 7 8 WHEREAS, the Legislature of the State of Florida passed 9 Senate Concurrent Resolution 10 on April 21, 2010, and 10 WHEREAS, Senate Concurrent Resolution 10 made application 11 to Congress to call a convention for proposing amendments 12 pursuant to Article V of the Constitution of the United States 13 for two purposes: to achieve and maintain a balanced federal 14 budget and to control the ability of Congress and federal 15 executive agencies to dictate to states requirements for the 16 expenditure of federal funds, and 17 WHEREAS, the Legislature of the State of Florida desires to 18 conform to the single subject applications from Alabama, Alaska, 19 Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, 20 Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New 21 Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and 22 Texas and limit its application to Congress for the sole purpose 23 of proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United 24 States to require a balanced federal budget, NOW, THEREFORE, 25 26 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 27 28 (1) That the Legislature of the State of Florida hereby 29 applies to Congress, under Article V of the Constitution of the 30 United States, to call a convention limited to proposing an 31 amendment to the Constitution requiring that, in the absence of 32 a national emergency, the total of all federal appropriations 33 made by the Congress for any fiscal year may not exceed the 34 total of all estimated federal revenues for that fiscal year, 35 together with any related and appropriate fiscal restraints. 36 (2) That this application is to be considered as covering 37 the same subject matter as the presently outstanding balanced 38 budget applications from other states and is to be aggregated 39 with the applications from those states for the purpose of 40 attaining the two-thirds number of states necessary to require 41 the calling of a convention, but may not be aggregated with 42 applications on any other subject calling for a constitutional 43 convention under Article V of the United States Constitution. 44 (3) That this application constitutes a continuing 45 application in accordance with Article V until the legislatures 46 of at least two-thirds of the states have made applications on 47 the same subject and supersedes all previous applications by 48 this Legislature on the same subject. 49 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be 50 dispatched to the President of the United States, to the 51 President of the United States Senate, to the Speaker of the 52 United States House of Representatives, and to each member of 53 the Florida delegation to the United States Congress.