Enclosed is your initial 2019 “President’s Day” edition of The Article V Convention Legislative Progress Report. I have refined the report this year to limit it to only those groups which have passed multiple Article V resolutions.
Congratulations are in order for the Convention of States Project which got off to a fast start by passing their resolution in Arkansas. That makes 13 states where the COS resolution has now passed.
As you can see, US Term Limits and Wolf PAC /Free & Fair Elections have cast a broad net in multiple states.
Over the past year, Loren Enns has assumed leadership over the BBA effort. Loren has been working Article V for over a decade. He is President of the Center for State-led National Debt Solutions (CSNDS), the 501(c)(3) arm of the BBA effort. The BBA effort has some very targeted states this year starting with South Carolina.
My review of the legislative landscape shows that there are numerous rescission efforts underway. Some are geared at getting rid of old applications; others appear due to a change in leadership in the state legislatures and the continuing “runaway” myth. I suspect this will continue to be a focus of effort for all the groups as we move forward. Everyone needs to build a strong flank to resist the opposition.
So far this year, approximately 75 pieces of Article V legislation have been dropped in 27 states. That’s less than years past, but to be expected as the low hanging fruit gets picked and the process gets more targeted and difficult. I predict that we’ll top 100 items and two-thirds of the states before this legislative year is finished.
That’s it for your initial update. If I can ever be of assistance to any of you, please don’t hesitate to ask.
David F. Guldenschuh
Editor and Publisher
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