HCR9 (2020) Detail

Rescinding all requests by the New Hampshire legislature for a federal constitutional convention.


HCR 9 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2631

05/03

 

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 9

 

A RESOLUTION rescinding all requests by the New Hampshire legislature for a federal constitutional convention.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Fox, Merr. 23; Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6; Rep. Potucek, Rock. 6; Rep. Bouchard, Hills. 11; Rep. Ford, Graf. 3; Rep. Balch, Hills. 38; Rep. J. Schmidt, Hills. 28; Rep. Josephson, Graf. 11; Rep. Lane, Merr. 12; Rep. Grassie, Straf. 11

 

COMMITTEE: State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This concurrent resolution rescinds all requests by the New Hampshire legislature for a federal constitutional convention.

 

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20-2631

05/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

A RESOLUTION rescinding all requests by the New Hampshire legislature for a federal constitutional convention.

 

Whereas, the New Hampshire legislature, acting with the best of intentions, has, at various times and during various sessions, previously made applications to the United States Congress to call one or more conventions to propose amendments concerning specific subjects to the United States Constitution, pursuant to Article V thereof; and

Whereas, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren E. Burger, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Arthur Goldberg, and other leading constitutional scholars, agreed that such a convention may propose sweeping changes to the Constitution, any limitations or restrictions purportedly imposed by the states in requesting the convention notwithstanding, thereby creating imminent peril to the well established rights of citizens and the duties of various levels of government; and

Whereas, the United States Constitution has been amended many times in the history of this nation and may be amended many more times without the need to resort to a constitutional convention, and has been interpreted for more than 200 years and has been found to be a sound document which protects the lives and liberties of the citizens; and

Whereas, there is no need for, rather, there is great danger in, a new constitution or in opening the United States Constitution to sweeping changes, the adoption of which could create legal chaos in this nation and only begin the process of another 2 centuries of litigation over its meaning and interpretation; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That any and all requests by the New Hampshire legislature for a federal constitutional convention are hereby rescinded and deemed null and void; and

That copies of this resolution be forwarded by the house clerk to the President of the United States, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the President of the United States Senate, each member of the New Hampshire congressional delegation, and the Administrator of the United States General Services Administration.

Links

HCR9 at GenCourtMobile
HCR9 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 22, 2020 House Hearing
Jan. 29, 2020 House Exec Session
Feb. 26, 2020 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HCR9 Revision: 6911 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 1:41 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs
Jan. 22, 2020 ==CANCELLED== Public Hearing: 01/22/2020 02:45 pm LOB 206
Jan. 29, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/29/2020 01:45 pm LOB 206
Jan. 29, 2020 ==CANCELLED== Executive Session: 01/29/2020 01:45 pm LOB 206
Feb. 26, 2020 Executive Session: 02/26/2020 10:30 am LOB 206