Senators will get another opportunity to pass legislation petitioning Congress to call an Article V convention, according to state Sen. Gary Stubblefield.
The legislation failed to garner enough support for passage in a vote held two weeks ago.
The resolution would have called for a convention to address specific issues: proposing constitutional amendments to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limiting its power and jurisdiction, and enacting term limits.
This measure could significantly change the size and scope of the federal government, and could help shrink the massive debt our federal government has incurred up to this point — if enough states joined together to call for a convention.
Stubblefield, the lead sponsor of the resolution in the Senate, said in a phone interview Friday afternoon that he needed three more Senators to switch their votes in order to pass the legislation.
The bill received 13 votes for the measure on the first attempt. Sens. Scott Flippo and David Sanders weren’t present for the original vote but are supporters, according to Stubblefield.
I’m going to run it again. I don’t know when, but I am going to run it again. I think we picked up a little support so I will be running that bill again. There was a lot of false accusations and lies. They were tying us to groups I’ve never even heard of. They were accusing ALEC, a very conservative organization, of some kind of conspiracy to undermine the Constitution. It was just crazy, but a lot of that has died out.
Some of the Senators that voted against it…they could’ve went either way. I don’t think a lot of them understood the process and how that really works…how many checks and balances were put in there by the founders. I can understand because the Constitution is a very revered document and I, more than anybody, would never do anything to jeopardize the Constitution.
I think they’ve had a little more time to think about it so I’m going to run it again.
I’m not in a real big hurry because we’re still talking to people about it. I’ve talked to three or four people who voted against who may vote for it this time.
Those “false accusations and lies” were coming from a group called “Secure Arkansas” which believes supporters of this legislation were being controlled by some kind of “shadow government.” We helpfully debunked these myths in a recent post.
We can only hope that Stubblefield is correct and that three more Senators will ignore the “fake news” coming from Secure Arkansas in order to show Arkansas is serious about rolling back the size and scope of the federal government.