COLUMBUS – State Senators Rob McColley
(R-Napoleon) and Michael Rulli
(R-Salem) have introduced Senate Joint Resolution 4. The resolution seeks to invoke Article V of the U.S. Constitution, establishing a Convention of States designed to stop the federal government’s abuse of power.
The Convention would be used to propose amendments to the Constitution that would limit the authority and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and establish term limits for federal officials.
"Our federal government in both its spending and scale has grown out of control. It is controlling more of the operations of our states and more of our daily lives than it was ever intended to do," said Senator McColley. "The time has come to demand fiscal responsibility and a right-sizing of our federal government. The power of the federal government has always been intended to flow from the states to the federal government, but over the course of time that has reversed to the detriment of our country. The time has come for the states to exercise their check on the out-of-control growth of the federal government by organizing a Convention of States to amend the United States Constitution."
"Now is the time to add Ohio to the growing list of states that are standing up for state sovereignty," said Senator Rulli. "Government is more accountable when it is closer to the people. The growth of federal power and its abuse by the unelected bureaucracy in D.C. has led Ohioans to become disconnected with the democratic process. We need to regain trust in our institutions by calling an Article V convention to amend our constitution and restrain the size of the federal government."
A Convention of States Resolution must pass in 34 state legislatures in order to invoke Article V. Eighteen states have passed a resolution, and another 17 states are currently considering it. The Convention of States Project has more than five million volunteers pushing for legislation in all 50 states.