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Heartland Institute Experts Comment on Louisiana's Approval of Application for an Article V Convention

May 26, 2016

The Louisiana House of Representatives approved Senate Concurrent Resolution 52 on Wednesday afternoon, by a vote of 62 to 36.

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SCR 52 is Louisiana's application for an Article V convention backed by the Convention of States organization. The application calls for a national convention for the purpose of enacting a federal balanced budget amendment, imposing term limits on members of Congress, and reducing federal regulations.

Louisiana is the eighth state in the nation to enact a resolution backed by the Convention of States Project. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) have endorsed the Convention of States application. Convention of States is a project of Citizens for Self-Governance, an organization promoting greater citizen involvement in government. The Heartland Institute does not endorse a particular Article V effort.

The following statements from constitutional reform experts at The Heartland Institute – a free-market think tank – may be used for attribution. For more comments, refer to the contact information below. To book a Heartland guest on your program, please contact Donald Kendal, New Media Specialist, The Heartland Institute, at or 312/377-4000.

"The Louisiana Legislature became a national leader for constitutional reform on Wednesday by enacting the Convention of States resolution. Louisianans, along with a broad, bipartisan majority of Americans, have shown their support for a balanced budget requirement for the national government and term limits on members of Congress.

"Other states will follow Louisiana's lead because they too realize that a convention of states is the only way to hold Washington politicians truly accountable."

Kyle Maichle
Project Manager, Constitutional Reform
The Heartland Institute

"The Louisiana House should be commended for its bipartisan vote in favor of the Convention of States resolution. It certainly bodes well for the progress of the Article V movement heading into 2017."

David Guldenschuh
Policy Advisor for Constitutional Reform
The Heartland Institute

The Heartland Institute is a 32-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit our Web site or call 312/377-4000.

David Guldenschuh is a leader in the nationwide movement of states to call a convention of states pursuant to Article V of the U.S.

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