Advertisement

Local News

News > Local News > Pence "Grateful" for Legislators' Constitutional Planning, but Stops Short of Calling for Convention

Pence "Grateful" for Legislators' Constitutional Planning, but Stops Short of Calling for Convention

Gov. Mike Pence (WIBC.com file photo: Mike Wilson)

Governor Pence is applauding legislators for putting the wheels in motion for a possible constitutional convention -- but he's stopping short of endorsing the idea.

Pence says he'll leave it up to the delegates from 33 states who came to Indianapolis to decide whether to go through with a call to force a convention to debate constitutional amendments. He says he's "grateful" they've taken the initiative to explore invoking a never-before-used provision allowing 34 states to demand Congress call a convention.

Pence notes he sponsored a balanced-budget amendment when he was in Congress, and says he'd support the states sending it to Washington or vice versa. State Senate President Pro Tem David Long has said he'd like to see an amendment limiting the scope of federal authority as a means of bringing the debt under control. But he's emphasized delegates aren't to the point of debating specific amendments -- they're focused on planning the mechanics of the convention itself.

INDIANAPOLIS -- A Bloomington auto dealership was told to stop selling cars after the Indiana Secretary of State's...
INDIANAPOLIS -- We often hear pleas from human blood banks when donated blood is in short supply, but it's rare to...
INDIANAPOLIS -- North district narcotics detectives seized suspected cocaine, crack cocaine and fentanyl – along...
(INDIANAPOLIS) - A fight over an unrelated immigration bill has scuttled the new farm bill in the House. The bill'...
FORT WAYNE, Ind . -- A Fort Wayne woman will spend 25 years in prison for trying to kill her infant niece by...