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State Legislator Leaders, Members of Congress and Policy Experts To Meet in Nation’s Capital To Discuss an Article V Amendments Convention

Washington, D.C. (June 23, 2016)—State legislators are on Capitol Hill today hosting a panel discussion with Members of Congress and policy experts to explore what an Article V Amendments Convention would look like if states meet the threshold for calling a convention. Of the various applications submitted by states, the one that has gained the most traction calls for a balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the Constitution. Twenty-eight states have adopted a resolution calling for the BBA amendment, and thirty four states are needed to call a convention. Term limits on federal judges and sweeping campaign finance reform are among the other issues Article V applications address.


  • Congressman Luke Messer (IN), Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee
  • Iowa Speaker of the House Linda Upmeyer, Chair of the ALEC Center to Restore the Balance of Government and 2014 ALEC National Chair
  • Oklahoma House Majority Whip Gary Banz, ALEC Oklahoma State Chair and Board Member
  • Professor Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School

The panel is hosted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is the largest nonprofit association of state legislators dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. In 2011, ALEC published a legislator handbook on Article V. The handbook has been updated and the newest edition will be released at the June 23 panel. More information about ALEC and an Article V amendments convention can be found at

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