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Indiana Backs Off Call for Constitutional Convention

4/23/2013

After announcing it with much fanfare, legislators have quietly dropped a plan to call for a U.S. constitutional convention.

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The Senate passed a resolution authored by President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) seeking a constitutional convention to rein in what he says is federal overreach. Indiana would have been the first of a required 34 states to request a convention.

Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) had endorsed the effort, and the House passed two companion bills designed to ensure delegates didn't go beyond the issue of limiting federal power. But Bosma says he and other legislative leaders decided Indiana shouldn't take the lead on the issue, and the measure died without a committee hearing.

Bosma says the state can always revisit the issue if other states climb on board, but says Republican grievances with Washington are better addressed by electing like-minded people to Congress and the White House.

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