Long Shot Constitutional Convention Proposed
Senator Long wants to amend to limit commerce clause, federal taxing power
State Senate leader David Long (R - Ft. Wayne) (wibc.com photo: Ray Steele)
The leader of the Indiana State Senate wants to amend the U.S. Constitution as it has never been amended before.
Next week, Republican Senator David Long says he will call on Indiana's Legislature to become the first to pass a resolution calling for a constitutional convention. Long says he would like the convention to consider amending the Constitution in two ways - to limit the federal government'suse of the commerce clause on states and to limit federal taxing authority.
While he says it is not a direct response to the U.S. Supreme Court's upholding of Obamacare last year, Long admits the health care law is a component of his plan. The Senator says runaway spending by Congress and the lingering impasse over the federal budget and debt limit are also behind his idea, as he seeks to have certain powers returned to the states.
33 other state legislatures would have to pass resolutions for a constitutional convention to take place, something that has never happened in the nation's history. It is one of two ways the U.S. Constitution can be amended, the other being support for amendments by two-thirds of Congress, followed by approval from three-fourths of the states.