Lawmakers Convene in Indianapolis for Constitutional Convention Meeting

Published 06/12 2014 10:08PM

Updated 06/13 2014 08:22AM

State lawmakers from around the country are meeting in Indianapolis this week, planning a constitutional convention. It's something that hasn't been done since the founding of our country in 1787.

About 100 state lawmakers from as many as 33 states are gathering at the Indiana Statehouse this week to plan a historic event. It's called the Assembly of State Legislatures, and this is their second meeting. Indiana Senate leader David Long is one of the organizers. 

"Right now we're in trouble and Washington seems very broken to me and to many other people. If we're going to find a solution it needs to be probably done by the states," said State Senator Long. 

Some leaders are calling for a balanced budget amendment. Others want to discuss term limits on U.S. lawmakers. Many of them are concerned about the federal government having too much power over the states. 

"The federal government policies that have kept unemployment fairly high need to be addressed," said Fort Wayne City Councilman Mitch Harper. "The Founding Fathers made it difficult to amend the Constitution, and rightly so, because you don't want to have the tinkering with this most basic document that secures our freedom. The Constitution is a Constitution to restrict government not to give it powers and I think an Article V convention led by the states intends do exactly that."

Democratic City Councilman Glynn Hines disagrees, telling WFFT, "We should be gathering trying to find solutions that will allow the government to be more functional and everyone admits it's dysfunctional but that's because there are these too extreme ends and no one seems to want to come to the middle and to compromise in order to make the government work and I think changing the constitution won't fix that."

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