Balanced Budget Amendment Planning Convention
The first national Convention of the States since 1861.
Article V of the Constitution of the United States enables the States to propose an amendment to the Constitution by way of a "convention for proposing amendments." Congress is required to call a convention when two-thirds (34) of the state legislatures pass a resolution requesting the convention.
The effort to secure a convention for the limited subject of proposing a balanced budget amendment is approaching the thirty-four state threshold.
Since a convention for proposing an amendment has never been convened in our history, it is both prudent and necessary for the states to meet in formal convention to prepare for such a gathering.
As a result, the Arizona State Legislature approved House Concurrent Resolution 2022 on March 30, 2017 which calls a national convention of the states for that purpose.
The State of Arizona respectfully calls a planning convention of the states, consisting of commissioners chosen and authorized in the manner that each respective state legislature determines or, if no manner is determined by a state legislature, selected jointly by the majority leadership of each legislative chamber of that state, to convene initially at twelve o'clock noon on September 12, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona for the limited purposes of:
(a) Planning for, and recommending rules for and procedures to, the prospective convention for proposing a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution.
(b) Recommending to Congress:
(i) The criteria for determining the initial date and location of a convention for proposing a balanced budget amendment.
(ii) A specific initial date and location of a convention for proposing a balanced budget amendment.
This website has been created and is maintained by the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force (BBATF). The BBATF is the national organization which is coordinating the effort to secure the necessary two-thirds of the states to convene a convention to propose a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States by way of Article V of the Constitution. For more information regarding the BBATF, please go to bba4usa.org.