Senate passes Convention of the States bill to the house

Published: Feb. 6, 2023 at 9:48 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - If you are a Wyomingite that is frustrated at how the Biden administration is running the nation you are not alone.

In fact, several states have gone out of their way to create legislation that would give state lawmakers more say, and today Wyoming is joining them in getting a little closer to that end.

”Whats wrong in America? Why we don’t have a balanced budget, why is it we can’t seem to get fiscal reform, war powers... There’s lots of things we could talk about I’m excited about that,” Sen. Cale Case, S.D. 25.

The Senate passed the Convention of States bill on the third reading on Monday.

Lawmakers say if enough states rally together discussions could move congress to consider more of the state’s influence over federal say ultimately allowing for more autonomy within their own states.

Across the nation, this issue and bill come as states become increasingly dissatisfied with the direction the federal administration takes with debt, inflation, the supreme court decisions and immigration according to lawmakers.

If the bill passes, three-quarters of states would have to agree and could have the power to create new constitutional amendments.

”The idea that you’re going to be able to simply get together with people who are not constitutional scholars, that are not of the caliber of our founding fathers, but probably have political motivation and would just be appointed by politicians to pursue political objectives... its not going to turn out well,” said Sen. Chris Rothfuss, Senate Minority Floor Lead, S.D. 9.

The bill now moves to the House chambers for further readings.