Idaho House committee defeats resolution calling for constitutional convention

Idaho will not be joining other states in calling for an Article V convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.
Despite heartfelt pleas for faith, inspiration, trust and patriotism, the House State Affairs Committee defeated an Article V resolution on a 10-5 vote Friday.

Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, said there’s no doubt the Constitution is in jeopardy. Beset by decade after decade of expansive Supreme Court decisions, by an out-of-control executive branch and spineless legislative branch, the nation’s founding document “is hanging by a thread.”

“It’s sad we even have to have this discussion,” Loertscher said. “But how is the current system working for us? Is Congress really stepping up to the plate to solve issues the courts have created? Here’s one thing the states can do. Our lack of trust in each other magnifies by the day – our mistrust of the system, of legislators, our mistrust of each other. Sooner or later, we’re going to have to trust some process to fix the issues.”