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House panel endorses bill outlining plan for limited constitutional convention

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A state House panel is endorsing legislation that would require Idaho's delegates in a constitutional convention to vote no on all proposals that the Legislature does not support. The House State Affairs Committee endorsed the plan Tuesday, which also sets up guidelines for selecting delegates. Some lawmakers used the discussion to lash out against federal overreach and judicial activism. Republican Rep. Linden Bateman warned of the dangers of the federal government's increasing power. Republican Rep. Pete Nielsen added that the U.S. Constitution was inspired by God. More than 20 states — not including Idaho — have petitioned Congress to amend the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget. Thirty-four states are needed to call a convention. A convention has not been held since the Constitution was written in 1787.

AP reporter Ryan Struyk has a full report here.

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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