Omnibus Concurrent Resolution

OMNIBUS CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Summary

This resolution contemplates two congressional legislative acts (the Article V convention call, ratification selection), condensing them into one counterpart federal legislative act and is a companion bill to the Draft Compact for America.

Model Resolution

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Be it resolved by the _________ of the United States of America (the ____ Concurring) in Congress Assembled,

Section 1. Omnibus Concurrent Resolution to Effectuate the Compact for America

(a) DECLARATION—The Congress determines and declares that this omnibus concurrent resolution calls the Convention contemplated by the Compact for America under Article V of the United States Constitution, and refers for ratification the constitutional amendments contemplated by the Compact for America.

(b) TABLE OF CONTENTS—The Table of Contents for this Resolution is as follows:

Sec. 1. Concurrent Resolution to Effectuate the Compact for America

Title I—Concurrent Resolution Calling Convention Contemplated by Compact for America with Prospective Effective Date.

Sec. 101. Convention Call.

Sec. 102. Terms and Conditions of the Compact for America

Sec. 103. Effective Date.

Sec. 104. Termination Date.

Title II—Concurrent Resolution Referring the Balanced Budget Amendment to State Legislatures for Ratification with Prospective Effective Date.

Sec. 201. Referral to Legislatures of the Several States for Ratification.

Sec. 202. Effective Date.

 

Title I

Concurrent Resolution Calling Convention Contemplated by Compact for America with Prospective Effective Date.

Sec. 101. CONVENTION CALL— Be it resolved by the _________ of the United States of America (the ____ Concurring) in Congress Assembled, Congress hereby calls a convention for proposing amendments under Article V of the United States Constitution in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Compact for America.

Sec. 102. TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE COMPACT FOR AMERICA—The Compact for America is substantially as follows:

(Insert Compact for America language here)

Sec. 103. EFFECTIVE DATE—This Title does not take effect until Congress receives sufficient certified conforming copies of the chaptered version of the Compact for America evidencing that application for a convention for proposing amendments under Article V of the United States Constitution has been made thereunder by the Legislatures of at least three-fourths of the several States.

Sec. 104. TERMINATION DATE—If for any reason the Convention contemplated herein has not concluded within one year from the Effective Date, all titles of the Omnibus Concurrent Resolution shall become null and void as to all intents and purposes and shall be deemed repealed in its entirety.

 

Title II

Concurrent Resolution Referring the Balanced Budget Amendment to State Legislatures for Ratification with Prospective Effective Date.

Sec. 201. REFERRAL TO LEGISLATURES OF THE SEVERAL STATES FOR RATIFICATION. Be it resolved by the _________ of the United States of America (the ____ Concurring) in Congress Assembled, that the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States (hereinafter the “Balanced Budget Amendment”), which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:

(Insert Balanced Budget Amendment language here)

Sec. 202. EFFECTIVE DATE—This Title does not take effect until Congress receives a certified conforming copy of the Balanced Budget Amendment from the Chair of the Convention organized under the Compact for America or the Compact Administrator of the Compact for America evidencing that the Convention has approved and proposed the same for ratification.

 

Approved by the ALEC Board of Directors on January 28, 2013.

Keyword Tags: Article V, Federalism, International Relations Task Force, State Compact, state sovereignty