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Kansas House Considering Call to Amend the U.S. Constitution

Photo by Stephen Koranda

The Kansas House will take a final vote Monday on a resolution calling for a constitutional convention of the states. The process would involve states gathering together to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The proposals would then need to be ratified by three-fourths of the states to be added to the Constitution. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports.


Kansas lawmakers who support the idea want constitutional amendments to combat the federal debt and what they call federal overreach. Here’s Republican Representative John Whitmer.

“If you think that this government is bloated, increasingly inefficient and increasingly corrupt, you vote yes. For me, it’s a very simple process. I don’t trust the feds, I trust the folks,” says Whitmer.

Some critics say there are too many questions, ranging from how the state delegation would be selected to what could ultimately come out of the constitutional convention. Democratic Representative Annie Tietze is one of the skeptics.

“You’ve got to face reality that the people who are pushing this aren’t all in agreement about what’s going to happen,” says Tietze.

The resolution will need a two-thirds majority on a final vote. It didn’t have quite that many during the first-round.

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