SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 4
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2020
Candace Gould and Pat Woods
A JOINT RESOLUTION
APPLYING FOR A CONVENTION OF STATES UNDER ARTICLE 5 OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.
WHEREAS, to preserve the state's financial solvency and integrity, the state is required to operate within a balanced budget; and
WHEREAS, the federal government continues to accrue substantial increases in the national debt that obligate New Mexicans and future generations to insurmountable financial burdens; and
WHEREAS, otherwise necessary federal regulatory protections become costly, unworkable and oppressive when congested by an excess of unnecessary and obsolete rules and mandates and cause hardships on New Mexico's local governments, small businesses and working families; and
WHEREAS, a professionalized congress, whose members are more subject to the power of organized pressure groups than to the interests of the majority of United States citizens, fails in its service to those citizens and proves unresponsive to fiscal excess and government overreach; and
WHEREAS, constitutionally applied mechanisms for establishing sound requirements for accountability of federal spending, regulation and public service are necessary to the well-being of the people;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that the legislature of New Mexico hereby applies to congress, under the provisions of Article 5 of the United States constitution, for the calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing amendment to the United States constitution for consideration by all fifty states to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and to limit the terms for its officials and for members of congress; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be delivered, within thirty days of its passage, to the president of the United States senate, the secretary of the United States senate, the speaker of the United States house of representatives, the clerk of the United States house of representatives and the New Mexico congressional delegation; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this application constitutes a continuing petition in accordance with Article 5 of the United States constitution until the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the several states have made application for an equivalently limited constitutional convention.
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