Georgia Becomes First State to Pass Convention of States Resolution

March 6, 2014 12:08 pm

by Eric The Younger · 15 comments

State Representative Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville) Celebrates Passage of Convention of States Resolution. By a vote of 107-58, Georgia becomes first state to call for a Convention of States.

(Atlanta, GA) State Representative Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville) celebrated the passage today of Senate Resolution 736 by Senator Cecil Staton (R- Macon) in the Georgia House of Representatives. SR736 calls for an Article V Convention of States for the purpose of proposing amendments to the United States Constitution. The Convention of States would be restricted to the topics of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and establishing term limits for federal officials

Brockway, the resolution’s primary sponsor in the Georgia House said, “I’m proud Georgia has taken the lead on the very important work of restoring our Republic. An Article V Convention of States would provide an opportunity for the citizens of this great nation to restore the balance of power between the States and the Federal government. I urge Legislators in the other 49 states to join Georgia and call for a Convention of States for the purpose of proposing amendments to the U.S. constitution.”

By a vote of 107-58, Georgia becomes the first state in the country to pass this historic resolution which is being promoted nationwide by the Convention of States Project (“COS”), a grassroots, non-profit organization founded this past August by constitutional attorney, Dr. Michael Farris, of Virginia, and Mark Meckler, founder of the political think tank, Citizens for Self-Governance. The same resolution has been introduced into 13 different state legislatures in 2014 with more to come. COS hopes to gain passage in 34 states in time for a convention to be held in 2016.

Buzz Brockway was first elected to the State House of Representatives in November of 2010. He is a Majority Caucus Deputy Whip and serves as Vice Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the Appropriations, Economic Development, and Insurance Committees. He has been named a ‘Defender of Liberty” by the American Conservative Union for the past two years, and scored 100% on Legislative scorecards for Americans for Prosperity and the National Federation of Independent Businesses. Buzz holds a B+ average from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and an A+ average from the Georgia Parents Alliance.

Buzz has been involved in local politics since the mid-1990′s and served as Chairman of the Gwinnett Republican Party from 2002 – 2005. He also served the Gwinnett Republican Party as a Precinct Captain, District Manager and 2nd Vice Chairman. Since 2005 Buzz has blogged at Peach Pundit, the State’s most popular independent political blog. He is a 1990 graduate of Georgia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Management Science and runs a small business in Lawrenceville with his wife Christa. They are the proud parents of three daughters. The Brockway’s are active members of Victory World Church at Hamilton Mill. Buzz has lived Lawrenceville since 1976.

Max Power March 6, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Translated, Buzz and the rest of the yahoos under the gold dome waste time while ignoring the very real problems of Georgia. Congratulations.

sschutte2 March 7, 2014 at 2:32 pm

You honestly think the states addressing the tyrannical and unconstitutional federal government is a “waste of time”? read a book..

Max Power March 7, 2014 at 7:34 pm

You really think we have a tyrannical and unconstitutional federal government? Go read a few thousand books.

Ghost11 March 11, 2014 at 9:46 am

Or, perhaps you should read a few independent news websites, you sheeple.

Ever hear of the NSA? And their mass spying on US citizens? I don’t believe the mass spying and surveillance of, oh, the entire population of the USA (and foreigners!) is constitutional.

Or perhaps the actions of our Presidents, both Obama and Bush? Their illegal wars? Or perhaps the drone strikes? Executing people without trial? But that’s OK with you, right?

Or how about the IRS intimidation targeting conservative and tea party members?

Or how about the exemption of Congress from Obamacare? Can’t have the elite getting the garbage that will be force-fed to the American people.

And that’s just the beginning of the list. But everything is ok with you, right? That 6% approval rating of Congress sure gives them plenty credibility.

Boy, how I’d love to live in your delusional reality.

seenbetrdayz March 6, 2014 at 12:28 pm

They might want to do more research if they think we’re the first. Several states, if not all states, have introduced calls for Article V conventions at some point or another since this country was founded, but no one has ever been able to call for it at the same time, and furthermore, no one knows whether these calls are time-limited or if they stay valid forever, and if the latter is true, then we’re high past time to have such a convention.

http://www.foavc.org/ has a catalog of over 700+ applications for an Article V convention. We’re most-definitely not the first—and that’s why I highly doubt that such a convention will ever occur, as there’s no unified effort to take on Washington, especially when the Feds pull out the wallet and every state shuts up and holds their hands out.

Eric The Younger March 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm

There are a boatload of different Article V convention resolutions being passed in various state legislatures. Some using common language while others not so much. This was the first resolution passed with this specific language. Or at least that is my understanding from his presentation in the well this morning.

seenbetrdayz March 6, 2014 at 2:15 pm

There was a big push for a convention for balanced budget amendments in 1979, (including one from GA), according to the record at the link listed.

And according to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balanced_budget_amendment

Article V of the Constitution specifies that if the legislatures of two-thirds of the states apply to Congress for a constitutional amendment by means of an amendment-proposing convention, then Congress must call that convention. Between May 8, 1957 (Indiana), and July 21, 1983 (Missouri), 34 such applications, from 32 different state legislatures, were submitted to Congress on the subject of a Balanced Budget Amendment. The petitioning states were Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.

I wish this were something new and fresh which the states are doing, but again, I think ultimately the Feds will use the power of the purse and exploit the nature of dependency among the states so that they’ll just back off of this effort. I fully support the idea of a balanced budget amendment, but I have serious doubts that Congress would even adhere to it if it came to fruition. (just look at all the other stuff in the Constitution they ignore)

Three Jack March 6, 2014 at 2:52 pm

More meaningless diversions to avoid addressing transportation, education and employment. Might as well pass legislation to just not have a session during election years which would be the only worthwhile thing accomplished during this current revenue wasting 40 days of pandering to wackjob fringies.

xdog March 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I agree about the pandering but how is this session any different from the last?

sschutte2 March 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm

You believe that addressing “transportation, education and employment” is more important then the states addressing the drastic increase of unconstitutional law under our tyranical federal government? that’s like the German people focusing on employment and infrastructure during the rise of Hitler. Ignorance, sir. Total ignorance on your part.

Doug Deal March 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm

There is an interesting bit of detail about this process on Wikipedia (America’s most definitive source of information). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convention_to_propose_amendments_to_the_United_States_Constitution

If you believe the people that say that states cannot limit the scope of this convention, then we have been in Constitutional crisis for decades, as something like 45 states have applied to Congress for a convention. However, if you believe they may limit the scope, then there are 30 un-repealed calls for convention for a balanced budget amendment, meaning that only four more are required.

One of the biggest mistakes made by the founders (except of course allowing slavery) was to not have a clearer definition of the process for amendment under Article V. If it wasn’t so hazy, states would have more power to limit the growth and spread of the Federal government.

Chris Huttman March 6, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Or the People would have more power to expand the growth and spread. Could go either way.

Doug Deal March 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Chris, it is possible, but it would be state governments using this power.

What protects us from runaway government has always been the balance between the branches (checks and balances) and between the states and the Fed government (Federalism). The danger happens when too narrow of a coalition takes complete control.

I think the genius of the Constitution were the interlocks. Unfortunately, we have done our best to disarm them and give complete unbridled control to the executive branch.

elfiii March 6, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Well done Buzz. Now, what exactly are the goals of this ConCon if it actually gets called?

The Last Democrat in Georgia March 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm

I completely agree with effort to limit the jurisdiction and power of the federal government through the means of a Constitution Convention.

…Now let’s go beg the Feds for some money to deepen the Port of Savannah.

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