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Georgia Senate passes Convention of the States application resolution

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Convention of States Project reported on Tuesday that the Georgia State Senate has passed the Convention of the States (COS) application, SR 736 by a vote of 37-17, becoming the first state legislative body to pass such a resolution.

The resolution, SR 736 sponsors included Majority Whip Cecil Staton (R-Macon) of the 18th District, Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer (R-Duluth) of the 48th District, Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) of the 16th District, Butch Miller (R-Gainesville) of the 49th District, Judson Hill (R-Marietta) of the 32nd District, and Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega) of the 51st District.

Georgia Senate Resolution SR 736, “United States Constitution Article V; apply for a convention of the states” in part reads:

“Applying for a convention of the states under Article V of the United States Constitution; and for other purposes; WHEREAS, the founders of the Constitution of the United States empowered state legislators to be guardians of liberty against future abuses of power by the federal government; and WHEREAS, the federal government has created a crushing national debt through improper and imprudent spending; and WHEREAS, the federal government has invaded the legitimate roles of the states through the manipulative process of federal mandates, most of which are unfunded to a great extent; and WHEREAS, the federal government has ceased to live under a proper interpretation of the Constitution of the United States.”

“WHEREAS, it is the solemn duty of the states to protect the liberty of our people, particularly for the generations to come, by proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States through a convention of the states under Article V of the United States Constitution, to place clear restraints on these and related abuses of power.”

The Convention of States Project was founded in August 2013 that calls for citizens for self-governance to urge and empower state legislators to call a Convention of States due to the abuses of the federal government.

Convention of States Project said, “The states were given the authority to reorganize the government in a manner that preserves the Republic and preserves liberty. Article V of the Constitution gives states the power to call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution.”

“Using an Article V convention, the states can stop the spending and debt spree, the power grabs of the federal courts, and the forfeiture of American sovereignty to the UN among other federal abuses.”

Convention of States Project also said that Georgia State Senators representing Bartow County, Chuck Hufstetler (R-Rome) and Bruce Thompson (R-White), were among the resolution’s co-signers.

The stated plans and goals of the Convention of States Project can be found here.

The resolution pushed as a model for state resolutions by the Convention of States Project can be read here.

The Georgia State Senators who voted for and against the resolution has not been released at the time of this report.

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