What emerged was the most extensive documentation of the powers of government and the rights of the people that the world had ever witnessed. These state constitutions displayed a remarkable uniformity. Seven attached a prefatory Declaration of Rights, and all contained the same civil and criminal rights. New York incorporated the entire Declaration of Independence into its constitution.
Congress introduces amendments by one method; the states initiate them under the other. The only method ever used is the congressional method. It lets Congress pass constitutional amendments by a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Such amendments must then be ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures or special state conventions, as Congress determines. Over 10, amendments have been introduced into Congress since Only 33 have been approved.
Of these, 27 have been ratified and added to the Constitution. The other way of amending the Constitution has never been successfully used.
Under this procedure, the states initiate the amending process by petitioning Congress for a constitutional convention. When two-thirds of the states have submitted petitions, Congress must call a convention.
Any amendments approved by such a convention must be ratified by three-fourths of the states. Congress decides whether state legislatures or state conventions will ratify these amendments.
Since the Constitution went into effect, there have been about petitions from state legislatures calling for a convention to consider one thing or another.
None of these efforts ever succeeded, but some came close. For years Congress ignored requests to pass an amendment allowing for the direct election of U.
Finally, inCongress passed the 17th Amendment, but only after supporters of the amendment were just one state short of triggering a constitutional convention. Since the s, state legislatures have submitted petitions for constitutional conventions when Congress refused to pass controversial amendments.
Three of these amendments would have allowed prayers in the schools, prohibited busing for racial balance, and permitted the states to make abortions illegal. In each of these cases, however, supporters fell short of getting the 34 states needed for calling a constitutional convention.
Most recently, there has been a major movement to pass a federal balanced budget amendment. Unable to get action in Congress, supporters again turned to the convention method of amendment. To date, those behind the balanced budget amendment have convinced 32 states to submit convention petitions to Congress.
Backers of the amendment need only two more states to compel Congress to call a convention.
Many people have voiced concern over the convention method of amending the Constitution.“I think there is a need for like-minded countries to look at whether a convention designed decades ago is relevant today.” Madeline Gleeson from the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee.
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