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






     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.