Idaho Calling for a Constitutional Convention

If Reps. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, and Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, and chairman of the House State Affairs Committee, have their way, Idaho would formally petition Congress to convene a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.

Under Article V of the Constitution, that takes two-thirds of the states. The Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force claims 28 states; it needs six more.

Hagedorn told the Lewiston Tribune’s William L. Spence he wants a convention to draft a proposed amendment holding the federal government to a balanced budget.

Loertscher is more ambitious: he wants to cap spending, impose term limits and restrict federal authority.

Elsewhere in the movement, there’s talk of eliminating the federal income tax, shackling the ability of future presidents and members of Congress to raise taxes or borrow more money, draft new regulations or remain in office too long.