COLUMBUS—State Representative Christina Hagan (R-Marlboro Township) recently introduced an Ohio House joint resolution with Representative Bill Patmon (D-Cleveland) to apply to the United States Congress for a Convention of the States.

Under Article V of the Constitution of the United States, state legislatures are permitted to call a Convention of the States, a process where states may propose amendments to the Constitution and better define the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. In order for a Convention of States to be called, at least two-thirds of all state legislatures must pass similar applications.

A Convention of the States would give the people of the United States the opportunity to come together to discuss various amendments, including an amendment that requires the federal government to pass a balanced budget in the face of ever-increasing national debt.

“Oftentimes what I hear is that the federal government is wasteful,” Hagan said. “The only way to have a real conversation at this point is to use the tools that the founding fathers gave us through Article V of the Constitution to utilize and have an honest discussion about the nation’s finances.”

House Joint Resolution 2 now awaits a committee designation.

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