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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 31, 2017 01:18 PM
From: Senator Charles T. McIlhinney, Jr. and Sen. David G. Argall
To: All Senate members
Subject: Rules For An Article V Convention
In the near future, we plan to introduce a Concurrent Resolution that would require Pennsylvania delegates to an Article V Constitutional Amendment Convention to recognize the rules and procedures adopted by the Assembly of State Legislatures on June 17, 2016.

As background, over the last several years we participated in a multi-year effort to establish the procedural rules needed to hold a state-led convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

More than 60 state legislators representing 30 states attended the final meeting at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on June 17, 2016 which culminated in the historic signing of a resolution in support of the rules package. The rules adopted address all facets of the rules needed to hold a state-led convention to propose amendments to the U. S. Constitution, should one be called by the states in the future.

As you may know, Article V of the U.S. Constitution authorizes states to call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution; however no such convention has ever been held in the history of the country. The Assembly of State Legislatures, comprised of currently serving state lawmakers of both political parties from across the country, has been working for more than two years to establish the rules of procedure needed to hold a state-led amendment convention should one be called by the state in the future.

The Assembly of State Legislatures is not considering or endorsing any specific constitutional amendments. Rather it is solely focused on establishing the rules needed to hold a potential state-led amendment convention in the future. We invite you to join us in sponsoring this Resolution.