Gov. Abbott releases plan to amend Constitution

- During a keynote address to the Texas Public Policy Foundation at its Annual Policy Orientation event, Texas Governor Greg Abbott unveiled his plan for a convention of states to offer nine amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

"The increasingly frequent departures from Constitutional principles are destroying the Rule of Law foundation on which this country was built," said Governor Abbott. "We are succumbing to the caprice of man that our Founders fought to escape. The cure to these problems will not come from Washington D.C. Instead, the states must lead the way. To do that I am adding another item to the agenda next session. I want legislation authorizing Texas to join other states in calling for a Convention of States to fix the cracks in our Constitution."

Gov. Abbott is offering the following Constitutional amendments:

  • Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one State.
  • Require Congress to balance its budget.
  • Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from creating federal law.
  • Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from preempting state law.
  • Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
  • Require a seven-justice super-majority vote for U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically enacted law.
  • Restore the balance of power between the federal and state governments by limiting the former to the powers expressly delegated to it in the Constitution.
  • Give state officials the power to sue in federal court when federal officials overstep their bounds.
  • Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a federal law or regulation.

Read Gov. Abbott's full constitutional convention plan:

http://gov.texas.gov/files/press-office/Restoring_The_Rule_Of_Law_01082016.pdf

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