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Senators call for ‘Madison Amendment’

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — After the failure of nullification last Friday in the Senate, Idaho is pushing for a new way to take on the federal government. Lawmakers want a so-called "Madison Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution. It would allow two-thirds of states to call a constitutional convention where Congress would take up a specific amendment. Right now, states can already call for a convention, but not a specific amendment. They've never actually done this, for fear it would create a chaotic, runaway process where Congress could consider broadly overhauling the Republic's founding document. Sen. Curt McKenzie of Nampa thinks states like Idaho would gain another tool in keeping Washington, D.C. in check. On Monday, McKenzie's non-binding resolution cleared the Senate State Affairs Committee and now will get a vote in the full Senate.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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