Due to inclement weather on February 4, citizens will meet again this coming Tuesday at the Oklahoma State Capitol to talk to legislators about voting against the resolutions calling for an Article V Convention. The event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 11 at 8:00 am in Governors’ Hall at the state capitol.
One of the resolutions has been put on the agenda of the Judiciary Committee for later that morning. The other committee that will be dealing with a resolution for a con-con will be the Rules Committee.
There is an out-of-state organization, I Am American, which wants to call for an Article V Convention to add a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. After years of energy spent on getting it in place it can easily be undone with a single decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to redefine the word "debt." Washington D.C. will be back in business spending far more money than it has. The State of Oklahoma has already done this. Sections X-23 through X-25 of the Oklahoma Constitution require that bond measures be passed by the Legislature and passed by a vote of the people in a general election. When the Oklahoma Supreme Court had cause to rule on this they said, "A third form of financing, "appropriation-risk" debt, does not violate the balanced budget provisions because the bond holders knowingly assume the risk that future Legislatures might not appropriate sufficient funds to repay the bonds."
The result has been billions of dollars of debt assumed by the state without a vote of the people that will take years to pay off. Future Legislatures (including this one) are bound to the financial commitments of previous legislatures. The Oklahoma Supreme Court just gave a wink and a nod and one more part of the Oklahoma Constitution was ignored.
The risk of an Article V Convention is that any delegate can bring up any issue they want. This includes the liberal delegates. They are already talking about repealing the 2nd Amendment, publicly financing all elections, etc. The best way to prevent any such amending of our Constitution is to prevent the convention from ever convening. Deny such a convention a quorum by not passing the resolutions calling for an Article V Convention.
The resolutions that will be opposed are HJR1083, HJR1090, SJR38, SJR61, and HCR1025. The bills can be looked up at the Oklahoma Legislature website.
Much of the information in this article is from Oklahoma Freedom Action Alerts.