ACTION ALERT: Urge your Ohio legislators to oppose calls for a Constitutional Convention


Dear   ,

We need your help to stop dangerous legislation being raced through the Ohio General Assembly!

SJR 1 (Huffman) and HJR 2 (Hagan, Patmon) are a pair of companion resolutions calling for a Constitutional Convention for the purpose of passing "fiscal restraints," also known as a balanced budget amendment.

Don't be fooled! This is part of a national strategy  to pass state resolutions calling for a Constitutional Convention to rewrite the U.S. Constitution to sharply limit what the federal government can do to advance the nation's priorities, invest in the country's future, and protect the rights and opportunities of all Americans.

The national League of Women Voters has urged states to oppose both calls for a constitutional convention and a balanced budget amendment. You can read LWV Ohio's testimony opposing SJR 1 here.

Please contact  your state Senator and Representative today and urge them to oppose SJR 1 and HJR 2. Here are some sample talking points on why we should oppose this legislation:
  • Calling a Constitutional Convention is very dangerous. If Congress called a Constitutional Convention, or attempted to do so, the country would be thrown into great turmoil, a period of extraordinary tension and deep anxiety, and likely find itself quickly mired in momentous, lengthy legal and political battles of great consequence to the nation's future. In short, it would destabilize our democracy rather than strengthen it.
  • States cannot limit the agenda of a Constitutional Convention, raising the risk of a "runaway convention" tackling a myriad of issues. A Constitutional Convention would open up the Constitution to whatever amendments its delegates chose to propose. The last time there was a convention, in 1787, the delegates ignored their original charge, to amend the Articles of Confederation, and instead wrote an entirely new governing document, our current U.S. Constitution.  While SJR 1 focuses on calling for a balanced budget amendment, there are no constraints on a convention pursuing other issues too, such as rewriting the Second Amendment or overturning Citizens United.
  • A balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution would be a highly ill-advised way to address the nation's long-term fiscal problems. By requiring a balanced budget every year, no matter the state of the economy, such an amendment would raise serious risks of tipping weak economies into recession and making recessions longer and deeper, causing very large job losses. That's because the amendment would force policymakers to cut spending, raise taxes, or both just when the economy is weak or already in recession - the exact opposite of what good economic policy would advise.
Thank you for taking action to support Making Democracy Work™!
 
LWVO Advocacy Team
League of Women Voters of Ohio | 614-469-1505 | www.lwvohio.org