Texas House Prepares To Vote On “Convention Of States” Resolution

If the lower chamber approves the measure, Texas would become the tenth state to call for a new U.S. constitutional convention.


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Legislation calling for a convention to rewrite the U.S. Constitution is heading to the floor of the Texas House. The lower chamber will take a vote on the issue on Thursday.

One of Governor Greg Abbott's emergency items for the legislative session seeks amendments to the U.S. Constitution that would shift power from the federal government back to the states.

The House tentatively approved a bill setting the rules for delegates to such a convention on Wednesday morning. But that bill contained a major difference from the Senate version, striking out a provision that would make it a felony for delegates to vote for amendments other than those Texas has already approved. That difference will need to be resolved before the bill can go to Abbott's desk for signature.

The next step is a resolution that calls on Congress to invoke Article V of the U.S. Constitution and call for the new convention. Article V requires the support of two-thirds of the states, 34 out of the total 50, for such a convention to take place. If the House approves the resolution, Texas would become number 11.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been changed from an earlier version. Texas would become the 11th state to approve a convention of states–not the 10th as previously reported. We regret the error.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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