Governor Scott, Legislature set guidelines for Article V Convention

By Michael Hinman – from the Lake/Lutz News

Now that Florida has taken the first official step to call for what is described as an Article V Constitutional convention, preparations are being made just in case the other 33 needed states sign on and make it happen.

Gov. Rick Scott signed into law H.B. 609 on June 2, which outlines what Florida will do in case such a convention is ever convened. The state had not put together any protocol for such an occurrence in the past, but only because since the U.S. Constitution was ratified more than 200 years ago, no such convention has ever taken place.

But the possibility of an Article V convention happening started becoming a reality when H.M. 261 — a companion bill of S.M. 368 introduced by state Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby — gained the approval of both the House and Senate. That memorial takes a big first step to amend the U.S. Constitution with a measure that would force Congress to consider only single-subject bills.

“This is about having the federal government start conducting themselves in a professional manner,” Simpson told The Laker/Lutz News back in January. “Most of the frustration we have with our government is that you have something like a spending bill in Congress. They always add on several hundred million dollars of something that has nothing to do with the subject they are dealing with. And as a citizen of the state of Florida, I am tired of our federal government being operated this way.”

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