SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 5
56th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2023
Crystal R. Diamond and Cliff R. Pirtle
A JOINT RESOLUTION
REQUESTING THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO CALL A CONVENTION, UPON THE APPLICATION OF TWO-THIRDS OF THE STATES, FOR THE LIMITED PURPOSE OF PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION TO IMPOSE FISCAL RESTRAINTS ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, LIMIT THE POWER AND JURISDICTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND LIMIT THE TERMS OF OFFICE FOR FEDERAL OFFICIALS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.
WHEREAS, the governor of New Mexico is constitutionally required to submit a balanced budget, and the New Mexico legislature is constitutionally required to pass a balanced budget, thereby preserving the state's financial solvency and integrity; and
WHEREAS, the federal government continues to accrue enormous increases in the national debt, obligating New Mexico's citizens 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, causing hardships to 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 the 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; and
WHEREAS, Article 5 of the United States constitution provides authority for a convention to be called by the congress of the United States for the purpose of proposing amendments to the constitution upon application of two-thirds of the legislatures of the several states;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that the New Mexico legislature 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 amendments to the United States constitution to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and limit the terms of office for federal officials and members of congress; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the secretary of state is hereby directed to transmit copies of this application to the president of the United States, the secretary of the United States senate, the speaker of the United States house of representatives and the clerk of the United States house of representatives; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this application constitutes a continuing application in accordance with Article 5 of the United States constitution until the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the several states have made applications on the same subject.
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