U.S. Constitution; application for a convention of the states. (SJ269)

Introduced By

Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


U.S. Constitution; application for a convention of the states. Makes application to Congress to call a convention of the states to propose amendments to the United States Constitution to restrain the abuse of power by the federal government. Read the Bill »


01/27/2015: passed committee


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101875D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee on Rules
01/27/2015Reported from Rules with substitute (9-Y 2-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/27/2015Committee substitute printed 15104467D-S1
01/29/2015Reading waived (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Read second time
01/30/2015Reading of substitute waived
01/30/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104467D-S1
01/30/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SJ269S1
02/02/2015Passed by for the day
02/03/2015Passed by for the day
02/04/2015Amendment by Senator Petersen withdrawn
02/04/2015Stricken from Senate calendar (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Thomas Winslow writes:

Why is an Article V Convention of States Important?

An Article V Convention of States is the last legal recourse to restrain the Federal government and to restore a more balanced power structure within the United States. The citizens of this country are largely uneducated in what true federalism means, and why a proper and enumerated division of power among the townships, counties, states, and national government is so critical for preserving liberty. States have ceded their power to the federal government. The US Congress has ceded its power to the executive. Generations of supreme court decisions have misinterpreted the original intent of the Constitution. Lawyers and Judges train and learn, not directly form the Constitution as written, but from prior case law and Supreme Court decisions, many of which, are not faithful to the tenants of liberty and the Constitution. It is necessary, and it is time for the States, united, to use Article V of the Constitution. The Convention of States Project approach, is unlike anything attempted before, and stands the best chance of success. The potential risks and outcomes of an Article V Convention, are of FAR less a danger to this country's citizens, than the absolute known dangers we are facing, given the current direction we are headed as a country. There is, however, one serious risk with an Article V Convention of States: politicians, cronies, and others who crave power more than justice and liberty, will have a more difficult time in fundamentally RE-transforming the nation that they all claim to love so much, back into the top heavy (federal budget, taxation, and debt), lawless (executive actions, selective enforcement of laws), oppressive (Obama Care - buy this insurance or else), Orwellian (surveillance state) utopia we find ourselves in today. Pray for the success of the Convention of States Project. I wish the best to our elected state and national leaders. May they make good decisions in the interest of preserving liberty and justice, not just for themselves, but for the citizens they are supposed to represent, and to the Constitution, that they are sworn to uphold.

Thomas A. Winslow, Ph.D.

George Washington LIVE! writes:

In the Farewell Address, Washington wrote:

"Towards the preservation of your government,
and the permanency of your present happy state,
it is requisite, not only that you steadily discountenance
irregular oppositions to its acknowledged authority,
but also that you resist with care
the spirit of innovation upon its principles,
however specious the pretexts.
One method of assault may be to effect,
in the forms of the Constitution,
alterations which will impair the energy of the system,
and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown."

The Article V Convention of States, in the current environment of over 50 years of educational deficiency as to the principles of this Constitution for the United States of America, is highly likely to create "innovations" and "alterations" "which will impair the energy of the system, and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown."

James Renwick Manship writes:

Many commentators and Citizens alike are concerned that our American political system, our "American Body Politic" is sick.
Debate surrounds in what way should We the People restore health to our American Body Politic.

One group of people suggest "Heart Surgery” - of that group most think all is needed is Heart Bypass Surgery. Others think Heart Transplant.

The Heart Bypass is akin to an Amendment to this Constitution, such as a “Balanced Budget Amendment”.

There are political movements in America and beyond who want to remove the “heart” of our current American Body Politic, this Constitution.

Those political movements have other “hearts”, other “constitutions” already drafted, ready to transplant into our American Body Politic.

The Heart Transplant is akin to when the Articles of Confederation were totally replaced by “this Constitution for the United States of America”.

Yet will a modern “Heart Transplant Team” have as skilled a man as George Washington leading the Convention, the “surgical team”.

At the Constitutional Convention, of the 55 men who served there, as many as 38 had served under the command of George Washington.

So then We the People had a skilled and experienced “surgical team”.

Who in America will be the “Lead Surgeon” today? Who else will be on the “Surgical Team”?

Will they respect George Washington? Or the work of George Washington and the other Founding Fathers?

Another Wise Way to health when one has “Heart Problems” is Diet and Exercise. Diet and Exercise is somewhat like “Repentance”.
The Bible talks of “Fasts” that are Diets. Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness.

With a Diet our American Body Politic will lose excess weight, so to put less burden on our Heart, part of the Healing Process.
Excess weight is a result of excess spending, and elected servants of legislatures at the Federal and the State level are the proper “Exercise Coaches”.

Exercise of our American Body Politic will restore proper function to the various “appendages”, agencies and institutions of our government.

One of those “appendages” that has grown flabby is the Grand Jury, whose duty includes to investigate reports of government fraud, waste and abuse, and indict so to remove those sicknesses from the American Body Politic, by “Local Surgery” rather than “Heart Surgery”.

While the process of Diet and Exercise may take somewhat longer to restore Health, the risks from Heart Surgery are avoided, and a stronger American Body Politic will result from the gradual process of Healing by Diet and Exercise.

The Article V Constitution Convention, or “Con Con”, or Convention of States, is akin to a Heart Surgery Team.

Once the American Body Politic is prone on the table unable to move…
...will the Surgical Team do Heart Bypass Surgery (an Amendment or two) or Heart Transplant Surgery (replace "this Constitution")?

Many say that “this Constitution for the United States of America” was the “Miracle in Philadelphia”, a Gift of God.

Is it wise to vote to cut up a Miracle?

James Renwick Manship writes:

Senator McDougle is a fine man, but I believe has not "played the chess game" of many moves into the future, and the potential for "Check Mate" by the forces of evil if this gambit of the Article V Convention of States "move" is taken now.

James Renwick Manship writes:

...said Del. Mark D. Sickles (D-Fairfax).

“There’s a lot of problems with this Constitution. I’ll just get up to this convention and start whacking away.”


Anna Yeisley writes:

Dear Senator McDougal,

The idea of calling for a constitutional convention is not new, there have been many calls and applications to amend or rewrite the Constitution.

In this age of massive populace ignorance of the precepts of free government and constitutional apathy and ignorance, how would we expect a congressionally involved amendment process to go? Would we see more adherence to the constitution or a rewriting of the Constitution to nullify non compliance?

It would be easy to speculate a rewriting would be the outcome, in order to soften the blatant violation and disregard of the Constitution by all elected officials in all branches.

A constitutional enthusiast, myself, I believe the constitution to be sound. If we were to enforce the delegated powers of government and rescind those powers that overstep constitutional restraints, we would correct 95% of what ails America's federal government.

The outcome of an Article V convention would most likely reflect the thinking of the rich and politically powerful; not the voice of the People nor the vision of the founders.

I pray that this initiative is opposed by Constitutional enthusiasts, within and outside the legislative body at the state capital.