A RESOLUTION

 

1Petitioning the Congress of the United States, pursuant to
2Article V of the Constitution of the United States, to call
3for a Convention of the States to restore free and fair
4elections in the United States.

5WHEREAS, George Washington, the first President of the United
6States, stated that the "basis of our political systems is the
7right of the people to make and to alter their Constitutions of
8Government"; and

9WHEREAS, James Madison noted in Federalist No. 52 that the
10framers of the Constitution of the United States intended that
11the Congress of the United States should be "dependent on the
12people alone"; and

13WHEREAS, That dependency has evolved from a dependency on the
14people alone to a dependency on those who spend excessively in
15elections, through campaigns or third-party groups; and

16WHEREAS, The United States Supreme Court ruling in Citizens 
17United v. Federal Election Commission, 130 S.Ct.876 (2010),
18removed restrictions on amounts of independent political

1spending; and

2WHEREAS, This removal of restrictions has resulted in the
3unjust influence of powerful economic forces supplanting the
4will of the people by undermining our ability to choose our
5political leadership, write our own laws and determine the fate
6of our Commonwealth; and

7WHEREAS, Article V of the Constitution of the United States
8requires the Congress of the United States to call a Convention
9of the States for proposing amendments upon application of two-
10thirds of the legislatures of the states for the purpose of
11proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States;
12and

13WHEREAS, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania sees the need for a
14convention to propose amendments in order to address concerns
15such as those raised by the decision of the United States 
16Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
17and related cases and events, including those occurring long
18before or after or for a substantially similar purpose, and
19desires that said convention should be so limited; and

20WHEREAS, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania desires that the
21delegates to the Convention of the States be comprised equally
22from individuals currently elected to state and local office, or
23be selected by election in each Congressional district for the
24purpose of serving as delegates, though all individuals elected
25or appointed to Federal office, now or in the past, shall be
26prohibited from serving as delegates to the convention, and
27intends to retain the ability to restrict or expand the power of
28its delegates within the limits expressed above; and

29WHEREAS, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania intends this
30resolution to be a continuing application considered together

1with applications calling for a Convention of the States
2currently pending in the 188th Massachusetts legislature as
3S.1727 and H.3190, the 2013-2014 Vermont legislature as SJR 27
4and the 2013-2014 California legislature as AJR 1, and all other
5passed, pending and future applications, the aforementioned
6concerns notwithstanding until such time as two-thirds of the
7states have applied for a Convention of the States and the
8convention is convened by Congress; therefore be it

9RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 
10Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereby petition Congress, pursuant 
11to Article V of the Constitution of the United States, to call a 
12Convention of the States for the purpose of proposing amendments 
13to the Constitution of the United States as soon as two-thirds 
14of the states have applied for a convention; and be it further

15RESOLVED, That the Chief Clerk of the House of 
16Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania transmit 
17copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of 
18the United States, the President Pro Tempore of the United 
19States Senate, the Minority Leader of the United States Senate, 
20the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the 
21Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, 
22the members of Congress from Pennsylvania, the Governor of each 
23state and to the presiding officers of each legislative body of 
24each of the states, requesting the cooperation of the states in 
25issuing an application compelling Congress to call a Convention 
26of the States for proposing amendments pursuant to Article V of 
27the Constitution of the United States.