#1 Texas Gov. Abbott ‎calls for convention on Constitution, proposes amendments by ThirstyMan 05.07.2016 22:20


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott looked for Republican support on Friday for calling the first constitutional convention since 1787, a new priority for his administration that has blocked state laws over gay marriage, abortion restrictions and voting rights.

Abbott hopes his weight as the leader of the nation’s largest conservative state can revive momentum in an enduring, yet unattainable dream of some Republicans. Abbott’s vision includes an outline of new state protections that would nullify federal laws and weaken the Supreme Court as well as a federal balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

One of his nine proposals would require a supermajority of seven justices — out of nine — to invalidate any state law. The plan spanned nearly 70 pages, according to the Dallas Morning News.

"The Supreme Court is a co-conspirator in abandoning the Constitution," said Abbott, the state's former attorney general and a former Texas Supreme Court justice. "Instead of applying laws as written, it embarrassingly strains to rewrite laws like Obamacare."

The nine proposed amendments include:

· Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs in one state

· Require Congress to balance its budget.

· Prohibit administrative agencies from creating law

· Prohibit administrative agencies from pre-empting state law

· Allow a two-thirds majority of the states of override a Supreme Court decision

· Require a seven-justice super-majority vote for Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically enacted law

· Restore balance of power between the federal and state governments by limiting the former to the powers expressly delegated to it in the Constitution

· Give state officials the power to sue in federal court when federal officials overstep their bounds

· Allow a two-thirds majority of the states to override a federal law regulation.

Texas has been named as a defendant in major cases before the Supreme Court. The court will hear oral arguments over the state’s abortion crackdown in March. The restrictions would leave the state with fewer than 10 abortion providers, down from 40 in 2012.

Abbott unveiled his plan to a friendly audience of conservative policymakers in Austin, but outside, others called the prospect of a convention far-fetched.

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Shortly after Abbott took office last year, the Texas Legislature failed to endorse a more narrowly focused convention on conservative ideals. Some Republicans blamed the defeat on fears of a "runaway" convention that would take on myriad issues. Abbott said he wants Texas lawmakers to give their support next time around in 2017.

Earlier this week, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said if elected president he will advocate for the states to call a constitutional convention to impose term limits on members of Congress. He says creating term limits must come from a grassroots movement because members of Congress will never do it themselves.

The United States has not held a constitutional convention since George Washington himself led the original proceedings in Philadelphia in 1787.


#2 RE: Texas Gov. Abbott ‎calls for convention on Constitution, proposes amendments by PzLdr 05.07.2016 23:18


I might point out to the good governor [who I donated money to], that other states have their own agendas and proposed amendments. He should be careful what he wishes for. And #1 is a non-starter. It would deprive Congress of its Constitutional mandate to regulate interstate commerce, for one.

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