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Paulding rep’s bill creates compact of states to balance federal budget
by Tom Spigolon
February 25, 2014 03:32 PM | 1808 views | 1 1 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Georgia House has approved a Paulding legislator’s bill to make the state part of a multi-state compact to call for a federal balanced budget amendment.

The House voted 103-63 last week to approve House Bill 794, authored by District 19 State Rep. Paulette Braddock, R-Hiram, to establish a group which includes the Georgia General Assembly and any other state’s legislature willing to join.

“There seemed to be a lot of support to get something done. This is a real innovative approach we’re taking,” she said.

Braddock noted her bill took a unique approach among the numerous Georgia bills this year calling for a balanced budget requirement, including protecting against addition of any other issue in a constitutional convention.

The bill defines what the amendment would contain and clarifies the rules of a convention required to amend the Constitution.

“It has some safeguards against a runaway convention,” Braddock said. “It’s an up or down vote. If they try to take up anything else, or modify it, it shuts down the convention.”

The first three states to join would form a commission to work to gain new states for the compact, Braddock said. States could withdraw from the compact until 38 states join – at which point no state could withdraw, according to the legislation. At least 38 states – three-quarters – are required to ratify an amendment if passed by supermajorities in both houses of Congress.

Braddock said she wanted to author the bill because it helps address structural problems like raising the federal debt limit.

“I think the states are going to have to lead in fixing this problem in Washington,” she said.

“We may elect good people and send them up there to represent us but since the structure of the problem is the creditor raising his own credit limit, you’re not going to ever fix the problem until you do something like this to prohibit them.”

District 6 State Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Atlanta, will carry the Senate version of the bill, she said.

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March 03, 2014
This is not the first state bill to call an Article V convention for a "balanced budget amendment". States have been applying for this since 1957.

About Article V conventions:

Braddock writing something in this particular bill to prevent a runaway convention means absolutely nothing once the convention has been called. Years ago, Chief Justice Warren Burger and other Constitutional scholars warned the nation against this procedure.

From "The New American":

“Before you sign on to the current call for a constitutional convention, ask yourself this question: Will the men and women who would be in attendance there be of the calibre of our Founders? Would you trust them to rewrite or 'tweak' the Constitution with the same care, erudition, and commitment to timeless principles of liberty demonstrated by our illustrious Founding Fathers?”

“When the doors close at the convention and the gavel falls, can you be certain which pledge of allegiance the ALEC-associated delegates will be loyal to: that to ALEC and its lengthy roster of corporate sponsors or the one they swore to the Constitution? At that critical moment in our history, will they care more about the Constitution or more about the millions in campaign contributions?

No one can say with certainty, and that is too big a chance to take when we’re talking about the future of our Constitution and the liberties it protects.” gave Georgia an "F" and ranked it dead last in terms of integrity.

In today's political environment, I find the idea of an Article V convention terrifying.
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