For Immediate Release: September 19, 2016
SENATOR SCOFIELD ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION AS A COMMISSIONER IN THE FIRST-EVER SIMULATED CONVENTION OF STATES
The Article V movement is growing as a result of Americans challenging the ever-growing reach of the federal government that has crossed its constitutional bounds. Citizens for Self-Governance is hosting the first-ever Article V simulated convention of states September 21-23, in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, and Clay Scofield will be attending as a commissioner representing Alabama. Forty-eight states are sending legislators and respected thought leaders to act as commissioners in performing a test run of an actual Article V convention. Scofield will chair Alabama’s delegation which also includes Senator Greg Albritton and Rep. Jack Williams.
“The impact of a federal government that continues to overstep its bounds affects every aspect of our lives. Now is the time to invest in a Constitutional solution that empowers states to step in,” said Senator Scofield. “I have already been assigned to The Committee on Federal Legislative and Executive Jurisdiction at the Simulated Convention of States. I am looking forward to learning more about the Article V convention process and talking about amendments.”
Using draft convention rules crafted by the world’s leading Article V scholar, Robert Natelson, and Constitutional expert Michael Farris, state delegations will show the nation that the process designed by the Founders is ready to be deployed as the ultimate “check” on the federal government. At this unprecedented event, state delegations will perform a test run of an actual Article V convention called to consider
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amendment proposals that “impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and set term limits for its officials and for Members of Congress.”
State delegations will focus their efforts on proposing amendments related to the subject matter specified in the Convention of States Project’s model resolution. Michael Farris, co-founder, Convention of States Project, admonishes citizens that a “change in personnel will not restore liberty, but state legislators can institute change to our governing structure through an Article V Convention of States.”
Citizens have been asked to participate in the Convention of States poll on which amendments should be discussed during the convention that begins on Sept 21st. The top three amendment priorities polled by Convention of States Project supporters included (#1) term limits on federal officials, (#2) a balanced-budget amendment, and (#3) limiting executive orders and burdensome regulations.
Scofield represents Senate District 9 which includes Marshall County and portions of Madison, Blount and DeKalb Counties. He serves as Chairman of Confirmations, and on the following committees: Agriculture Conservation and Forestry, Banking and Insurance, Judiciary, County and Municipal Government, Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development, Governmental Affairs, Local Legislation, Transportation and Energy, and Rules
For More Information Visit This Website: Scofield talks about the experience of a simulated Article V Convention
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