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West Virginia PASSES Convention of States Resolution!

Updated: May 7, 2022

18th state to affirm COS movement to reform D.C. | bkindler / Getty Images

Earlier this month, West Virginia became the 18th state to join the Convention of States movement when both the house and the senate of its legislature agreed to the Article V resolution within a single hour!

Oftentimes there is back and forth or delays or a failure of one chamber of a legislature to launch said resolution. This case with West Virginia stands out on two fronts: (1) it demonstrated a more-than-eager representative class to get the motion passed and (2) being the 18th to officially join the cause is a record number in U.S. history.

Article V of the Constitution of the United States clearly states, in part,

...on the Application of two thirds of the Legislatures of the several States, [Congress] shall call a Convention for proposing amendments.

Only one way to amend the Constitution has been used thus far: having a threshold be met by the Legislature in Washington D.C. This second process, called a Convention of States (just outlined) calls for a threshold of the various states' legislatures to be met to get the same job done.

Proponents of an Article V Convention of States believe that Washington's way of doing it isn't working and that the second option provided by the Constitution (like placing term limits via a Convention) is the only way to succeed in reforming D.C.

To see how you can participate in the COS movement, go to our Projects Page and learn more!


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