Bill Text: TX HJR121 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Applying to the Congress of the United States to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution for the limited purpose of proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution to ensure balance, integrity, and transparency in our national campaign finance system.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-01 - Left pending in committee [HJR121 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HJR121-Introduced.html
  86R10876 BEF-D
 
  By: Nevárez H.J.R. No. 121
 
 
 
A JOINT RESOLUTION
  applying to the Congress of the United States to call a convention
  under Article V of the United States Constitution for the limited
  purpose of proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution
  to ensure balance, integrity, and transparency in our national
  campaign finance system.
         WHEREAS, The framers of the United States Constitution gave
  us a republic and intended that the Congress of the United States
  should be "dependent on the people alone" (James Madison,
  Federalist No. 52); and
         WHEREAS, That dependency has evolved from a dependency on the
  people alone to a dependency on powerful special interests, through
  spending by third-party groups, campaigns, and out-of-state
  donors, that has created a fundamental imbalance in our
  representative democracy and eroded the people's trust in
  government; and
         WHEREAS, The Texas Constitution states: "All political power
  is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on
  their authority, and instituted for their benefit" and the people
  have the right at all times to reform their government "in such
  manner as they may think expedient" (Section 2, Article I); and
         WHEREAS, Article V of the United States Constitution requires
  Congress to call a convention for proposing amendments to that
  constitution on the application of two-thirds of the legislatures
  of the several states; and
         WHEREAS, The 86th Texas Legislature perceives the need for a
  convention to propose an amendment to the United States
  Constitution to ensure balance, integrity, and transparency in our
  national system of campaign finance and desires that said
  convention be so limited to that purpose; and
         WHEREAS, The 86th Texas Legislature intends that this joint
  resolution be a continuing application considered together with
  applications calling for a convention for a similar purpose until
  such time as the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the several
  states have applied for a convention and the convention is convened
  by Congress; and
         WHEREAS, A national convention would give us an opportunity
  to come together as a nation to discuss solutions for ensuring the
  integrity of our elections and renew the American people's trust in
  government; and
         WHEREAS, Article V of the United States Constitution clearly
  states that any amendment, whether proposed by Congress or a
  convention, must be ratified by three-fourths of the states
  (presently 38 states), ensuring that only the most reasonable
  proposals with widespread support become part of our constitution;
  and
         WHEREAS, Notwithstanding any federal or state law, the State
  of Texas desires that the delegates to a convention be composed
  equally of individuals currently elected to state and local office,
  or be selected by election in each congressional district in Texas,
  though all individuals elected or appointed to federal office now
  or in the past be prohibited from serving as Texas delegates to the
  convention; and the State of Texas intends to retain the ability to
  enforce the responsibility and conduct of its delegation within the
  limits herein expressed; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the people of the State of Texas speaking
  through their legislature, and pursuant to Article V of the United
  States Constitution, hereby apply to the United States Congress to
  call a convention for the exclusive and limited purpose of
  proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution that will
  permanently protect fair elections as described herein by ensuring
  balance, integrity, and transparency in our national system of
  campaign finance as soon as two-thirds of the legislatures of the
  several states have applied for a convention for a similar purpose;
  and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the Texas Secretary of State forward official
  copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, the
  speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, the
  presiding officer of the Senate of the United States, and all
  members of the Texas delegation to Congress, with the respectful
  request that the full and complete text of this resolution be
  printed in the Congressional Record, and to the presiding officers
  of each legislative body of each of the several states, requesting
  the cooperation of the states in issuing an application compelling
  Congress to call a convention for proposing amendments pursuant to
  Article V of the United States Constitution on this subject.
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