Constitutional Expert Speaks on Amending Constitution

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An expert on Article 5 was brought in by a private donor to speak Monday in Rogers for those who are against it.

The Arkansas State Senate on Jan. 29 approved a resolution to amend the U.S. Constitution that would impose fiscal restraints, limit the power of the federal government and limit terms for members of Congress.

Article 5 states that a convention can be called to make amendments to the Constitution if two-thirds or 34 states of both sides of Congress deems it necessary.

“These conventions do represent the people, not the state legislature, and because of that, they cannot have their power limited by a state legislator,” said Robert Brown, Constitutional expert. “That’s just the opposite of what our state legislators are being told today, which is why I’m here to share. Here’s what we need to know that hasn’t been told to you yet.”

State Senator Bob Ballinger (R Berryville, District 5) said there are those who want to sell fear.

“My thing is, you know, if we’re not willing to do exactly what our job is and what was put into the constitution, particularly for this situation, that I think we’re culpable for that, and I think we’re morally derelict if we don’t make an effort toward it,” Ballinger said.

State Senator Gary Stubblefield, who has 16 co-sponsors to his Article 5 amendment bill, said this will help rein in an a out-of-control Congress.

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