By Tim Kowols
The road to the first Constitutional Convention in 230 years is one step closer after the Wisconsin State Senate approved its creation earlier this week. By a 19-14 vote, Wisconsin became the 28th state to call for an opportunity to amend the U.S. Constitution, which now needs six more states to make the national convention a reality. While proponents say the process is necessary to force the federal government to add a balanced budget amendment, Common Cause Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck says there are no safeguards in place to make sure that is the only topic discussed during the convention.
Twenty-seven amendments have passed since 1789, all of which began when the two-thirds majority of the United States Senate and House of Representatives deemed it necessary to send it to the states for approval.