HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION CC

 

 

January 15, 2014, Introduced by Rep. Franz and referred to the Committee on Financial Liability Reform.

 

     A joint resolution to petition the congress of the United

 

States to call a convention to propose amendments to the

 

constitution of the United States to require a balanced federal

 

budget.

 

ARTICLE V

 

     Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the

 

state of Michigan, That pursuant to article V of the constitution

 

of the United States, the legislature of the state of Michigan

 

petitions the congress of the United States of America, at its

 

session, to call a convention of the states limited to proposing an

 

amendment to the constitution of the United States requiring that

 

in the absence of a national emergency the total of all federal

 

appropriations made by the congress for any fiscal year may not


 

exceed the total of all estimated federal revenues for that fiscal

 

year, together with any related and appropriate fiscal restraints.

 

     Resolved further, That the legislature shall provide by law

 

for the appointment of appointees to this convention of the states

 

which appointees shall participate in drafting rules, bylaws, and

 

procedural agreements that shall be used to govern the convention

 

of the states, in addition to other duties prescribed by law.

 

     Resolved further, That this application is to be considered as

 

covering the balanced budget amendment language of the presently

 

outstanding balanced budget applications from other states,

 

including, but not limited to, previously adopted applications from

 

Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana,

 

Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada,

 

New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas;

 

and this application shall be aggregated with those applications

 

for the purpose of attaining the two-thirds of states necessary to

 

require the calling of a convention for proposing a balanced budget

 

amendment, but shall not be aggregated with any applications on any

 

other subject.

 

     Resolved further, 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. It supersedes all previous applications by this

 

legislature on the same subject.

 

     Resolved further, That certified copies of this joint

 

resolution be transmitted by the secretary of state to the


 

president of the United States Senate, to the speaker of the United

 

States House of Representatives, and to each member of this state's

 

delegation to the congress and that printed copies be sent to each

 

house of each state legislature in the United States.