Georgia is now the 21st state to call for a constitutional convention, the first this country has seen since its founding.
At issue: calls for a balanced budget amendment that would force the federal government to end deficit spending.
“It takes 34 states to call for such a meeting,” said WSB legal expert Ron Carlson. “Twenty-one are already on board.” Another 11 could vote to support a constitutional convention this year, he said.
But Carlson and other scholars warn a Constitutional Convention could be a legislative Pandora’s Box that could lead to other proposed amendments. For instance, amendments could be offered that would change the way this country legislates abortion, gay marriage or a host of other issues. But to make any amendments law, three-fourths of the states would have to ratify them.
The last time the constitution was changed was in 1992, with the Twenty-Seventh Amendment. Initially proposed in 1789, it prohibits any law that changes the salary of congressional lawmakers from going into effect until the next Congress convenes.