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Constitutional Reform
September 1, 2022
Research & Commentary: Virginia Senate Bill Would Limit the Duration of Executive Orders
In this Research & Commentary, Samantha Fillmore examines a Senate Bill in Virginia that would create common sense restrictions of Governors during a state of emergency.
Constitutional Reform
August 18, 2022
Research & Commentary: Virginia Senate Bill Would Limit the Duration of Executive Orders
In this Research & Commentary, Samantha Fillmore examines a Senate Bill in Virginia that would limit the duration of executive orders during a state of emergency.
Constitutional Reform
August 12, 2022
Research & Commentary: Washington Legislature Attempts to Reassert Itself Into State of Emergency Protocols
In this Research & Commentary, Samantha Fillmore examines a House Bill in Washington that Would Address State of Emergency Protocols
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Constitutional Reform
August 4, 2022
Research & Commentary: Pennsylvania Special Session Senate Considering Creating Limitations on Declaration of Disaster Emergencies
In this Research & Commentary, Samantha Fillmore examines a Senate Bill in Pennsylvania that would create limitations on declaration of disaster emergencies.
Constitutional Reform
August 2, 2022
Research & Commentary: West Virginia Considering Amending the Authority of the Governor During a State of Emergency While in Special Session
In this Research & Commentary, Samantha Fillmore examines a House Bill in West Virginia that deals with declared states of emergency.
Constitutional Reform
June 28, 2022
Testimony Before the California Senate Committee on Governmental Organization Regarding Assembly Bill 1687
Samantha Fillmore testifies before the California Senate Committee on Governmental Organization regarding gubernatorial powers during a state of emergency

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Constitutional Reform
February 16, 2018
By Heartland Staff
In this Research & Commentary, Lindsey Stroud examines proposals in Kentucky calling for an Article V convention of states to propose amendments to the Constitution.
February 16, 2018
By Heartland Staff
In this Research & Commentary, Lindsey Stroud examines proposals in Washington State calling for an Article V convention of states to propose amendments to the United States Constitution.
January 10, 2018
This booklet explores solutions to the top public policy issues facing the states in 2018 and beyond in the areas of budget and tax, education, energy and environment, health care, and constitutional reform.
November 3, 2017
By Arianna Wilkerson
This week's Leaflet examines a recent Policy Brief by Robert Natelson on the Article V convention for proposing amendments.
October 31, 2017
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State lawmakers weighing whether to apply for a federal amendments convention are often asked, "How do you know an amendments convention is a convention of the states?"
September 8, 2017
By Heartland Staff
This week's Leaflet examines multiple Article V constitutional reform efforts as delegates prepare for the 2017 Planning Convention for a balanced budget amendment.
July 21, 2017
By Arianna Wilkerson
The Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force needs only seven more states to pass balanced budget amendment resolutions to call for a convention. Robert Natelson says this action will be challenging but appropriate.
July 18, 2017
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As the debt of the United States government continues to mount, efforts to add a balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the U.S. Constitution are gaining steam. But drafting such an amendment is not as easy as it sounds.
May 10, 2017
By Tim Benson, Heartland Staff
This Research & Commentary examines legislation in Texas calling for an Article V convention for a balanced budget amendment using a compact between states.
April 20, 2017
By Heartland Staff
This week's Leaflet examines taxes and constitutional amendments, tax reform in Nebraska, a study on civic classes in colleges, a Texas lawsuit suing the EPA, maintenance of certification in Maine, and the 10th edition of Rich States, Poor States.
March 28, 2017
By Matthew Glans
In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines a proposed constitutional amendment that would place stringent spending limits on Iowa legislators.
February 16, 2017
By Nathan Makla
Civil asset forfeiture has united people cross the political spectrum including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Institute for Justice, and the Koch Association.
February 16, 2017
By Heartland Staff
Utah is considering an application for an Article V convention.
February 7, 2017
By Heartland Staff
A resolution in Kentucky calls for an Article V convention for a federal balanced budget amendment.
February 2, 2017
By Heartland Staff
A proposal in the Wyoming Legislature to call an Article V convention for a federal balanced budget amendment.
February 1, 2017
By Heartland Staff
Two proposals in Virginia call for an Article V convention.
January 17, 2017
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Rob Natelson answers questions surrounding an Article V constitutional convention.
October 21, 2016
By Nathan Makla
Right to hunt and fish amendments have arisen in response to a number of issues, including hunting restrictions being introduced at the behest of animal rights organizations, increasing urbanization, decreasing habitat, and declining numbers of sportsmen
October 20, 2016
By Nathan Makla
Hamilton carried the property rights banner to protect for American citizens an important constitutional right.
September 30, 2016
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Despite the obvious importance of the Constitution’s original understanding, legal writers attempting to find it often have reached conclusions based on astonishingly few sources.
September 23, 2016
By Barry Poulson, John Merrifield
The authors propose a new fiscal rule for the United States, a deficit/debt brake, that would impose a stringent limit on government expenditures in the United States.
August 22, 2016
By Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr., Nick Dranias, JD, Dr. John Eastman, JD, PhD, Dr. Kevin Gutzman, JD, PhD, Ilya Shapiro, JD, and Gregory Snowden, JD
A Vindication of the Principle of State Sovereignty Against Natelson’s Attack
August 17, 2016
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In June 2016 the Assembly of State Legislatures (ASL) issued its “Rules for an Article V Convention for Proposing Amendment(s).” The document is a recommended set of rules for a future amendments convention under Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
August 1, 2016
By Michael P. Farris, JD, LLM
Michael P. Farris, JD, LLM, argues against the 1787 Constitutional Convention being a "runaway convention."
July 11, 2016
By Heartland Staff
As of July 2016, the United States’ national debt has reached over $19 trillion, with an average federal debt per-person now surpassing $59,000.
July 7, 2016
By Nathan Makla
The lead essay discusses American independence and constitutional reform.
June 23, 2016
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This Handbook provides state legislators with the tools to use the Article V convention process legally, effectively, and safely.
June 1, 2016
By William H. Fruth
A guide to an Article V convention calling for a balanced budget
May 23, 2016
By Barry Poulson
A plan for balancing the federal budget
May 23, 2016
By Michael Farris
Discussion about the possibility of a “convention of the states” to amend the United States Constitution is heating up. It’s now likely that such a meeting will take place sometime in the next few years.
May 1, 2016
By Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force
Draft of a bill for delegate limitations for an Article V convention
April 13, 2016
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The Heartland Institute published the Article V Quick Reference Guide to serve as source of instantaneous information to advocates, legislators, and opinion leaders.The guide describes six steps to how the Article V convention process works.
April 8, 2016
By Zareh Asatryan, César Castellón, and Thomas Stratmann
A study on the long-run fiscal consequences of balanced budget rules that finds casual relations to fiscal outcomes.
March 30, 2016
By Nick Dranias
As the federal debt approaches $18 trillion, a balanced budget amendment has emerged as one of few viable options to curb government spending. The Article V process for amending the U.S. Constitution, however, is long and tedious.
March 29, 2016
By Thomas H. Neale
A report identifying policy areas for Congress in the event of an Article V constitutional convention.
March 21, 2016
By Nick Dranias
Policy brief examining common questions on the Article V Convention.
February 29, 2016
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Utah is currently considering a proposed multiple-amendment application for an Article V convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.
February 25, 2016
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Missouri is currently considering a proposed multiple-amendment application for an Article V convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.
February 24, 2016
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West Virginia is currently considering a proposed multiple-amendment application for an Article V convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.
February 19, 2016
By John G. Malcom
From The Heritage Foundation, a legal memorandum regarding Article V constitutional conventions