Another amendment process (Martin)
03/13/2017 Filed in: News Journal
In Harry Themal’s column on Feb. 27, he compared the amending process for the Delaware Constitution and the US Constitution. The Delaware process is rather simple as it only involves the members of the General Assembly. Themal described only one method of amending the US Constitution – one involving members of Congress. There is another method, commonly called Article V, Convention of States.
The second method prescribed is for a Constitutional Convention to be called by two-thirds of the legislatures of the states, and for that convention to propose one or more amendments. These amendments are then sent to the states to be approved by three-fourths of the legislatures or conventions. This route has never been taken.
There is an active national program underway right now to call such a convention. Possible amendments include mandatory balanced budget, clarification of “the Commerce Clause,” term limits for Senators, Representatives, and members of the Judiciary, and members of Congress would be subjected to the same laws and regulations as all other citizens. Delaware has yet to vote to call such a convention. Hopefully it will happen this session.
I fully support Themal’s praise of Judge Randy Holland and his body of work.
R. Jerry Martin