Proposed to the People by the
Vote cast by the Legislature on final passage dated [ ]:
House: Yeas [ ]; Nays [ ]
Senate: Yeas [ ]; Nays [ ]
Referendum Bill # [
The Federal Government
denies the Citizens of this State
their constitutional rights in law and/or in principle that:
The federal Government promote the
general welfare (i.e., well-being) of the People,
The People shall
their congressional representatives, and
acted to prevent various other
The purpose of
this bill is to find a permanent effective method to remedy problems of this
recognizes that the
Founding Fathersí assurances made to the States, and the ensuing State
responsibilities under the Constitution, are relevant to these Problems:
The persons delegated to the administration
of the national government will always be disinclined to yield up any
portion of the authority of which they were once possessed.
The People must rely
on the disposition of the State legislatures to erect barriers against the
encroachments of the national authority.
Constitution incorporated Article V's
Second Method of amending the Constitution to
accommodate precisely these types of Problems that
are otherwise unsolvable within the Constitution.
Based on these
U.S. Constitutional obligations to act to resolve these Problems, the States
believes this bill is an appropriate action.
In this State [The Constitution is established by the people.
All political power is inherent in the people. Free Governments derive their
just powers from the consent of the governed. Governments are established
for the peopleís benefit and to protect and maintain their rights. The
people have a right to alter or reform their government. The right of
petition for the common good shall not be abridged. The people have the
constitutional right of direct democracy by referendum and/or initiative. A
power reserved by the people is the initiative.]
Based on these
State principles, this State desires to consider a Solution that will remedy the
imposed upon the people of this State by providing a continuing constitutional means to check and balance the misused powers that have accumulated and would continue to accumulate to the Congress.
To achieve its purpose, the subject of this bill will eventually need the
support of thirty-eight states acting together. This cooperation is most
possible by making the bill's actions conditional, rather than presuming to
know what form the bill eventually must take as the other states refine
The State Legislature believes that is should confirm the People's support
for this legislation. This proposed bill is therefore referred to the voters
by the Legislature for their decision at the next state-wide election.
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the
State of [ ]
Therefore, it is the people's
will that this State shall support in principle a
Solution of the type described in the attached Planned Citizens' Initiatives
Amendment with its two referenced documents, and incorporates them all
herein by reference. If a sufficient number of other States do likewise, this
State will attend meetings of State officials (as a State not Federal function) to
coordinate a draft of a State-proposed constitutional Amendment based upon the referenced documents. If two-thirds (and preferably over three-fourths) of the States then concur with a single proposed
U.S. Constitutional Amendment, this State will support an application to Congress to
call an Article V Convention, within a specified time from the date of the submission hereof to the Congress, to address only this single proposed Amendment.
This State's application will avoid
known pitfalls of the
Method of proposing Amendments. Congress is constitutionally obliged to call
said Article V Convention. If a Supreme Court challenge tries to delay or
subvert this Amendment, this State will oppose the challenge. Before this state
attends an Article V Convention, a state or city must have demonstrated that a
boule (i.e., citizens' initiative assembly) is practical. This State will vote
to urge that the
Article V Convention adopt the Amendment. The Amendment will then
return to the States, and this State Legislature will ratify the Amendment or
call a State Convention to ratify it, as the one or the other mode of
ratification may be proposed by the Congress. If and when three-fourths of the
State have ratified the Amendment, it will become part of the U.S.