October 12, 2015
On Monday, October 19, 2015, State Senators Bill Ketron and Mike Bell with State Representatives Sheila Butt and Jay Reedy will host a Legislator Community Forum to discuss Senate Joint Resolution 0067, Tennessee’s application for an Article V Convention of States. Article V of the U.S. Constitution allows the states to apply for a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution. The forum will be held at the Millennium Maxwell House, 2025 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN at 7:00 P.M. and is open to the public. Admission and parking are free but guests must register with Eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/convention-of-states-legislator-forum-tickets-19029154714
SJR0067, which passed the Senate during the 2015 legislative session, seeks a convention “limited to proposing amendments to the United States Constitution that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.”
Forty-one states have introduced such resolutions in their legislatures since 2014, with four states already passing the resolution: Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Alaska. The Convention of States submits that “it has a solution as big as the problem” posed by the growth and overreach of the federal government. http://www.conventionofstates.com/
Tennessee Convention of States State Director Scott Williams and Deputy State Director Norman Bobo will present an overview of Article V and what citizen volunteers can do to help return power to the states and “We the People.” The legislators will present their views on why such an amending convention is necessary. The presentation will be followed by a citizen Q&A.
Contact: Scott Williams, State Director, Tennessee Convention of States (865) 566-3033 or Norman Bobo (615) 948-5748. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1644980642410553/