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MADISON — The Assembly last week passed a resolution that would make Wisconsin the 16th state to call for a Convention of States. Now the question is, will the Senate have the courage to make it happen?

Capitol sources tell Empower Wisconsin that Senate Republicans in the upper house have yet to caucus on the Article V resolution moving through the Legislature. Others say it’s not clear whether the Senate has the 17 votes needed to pass the resolution the Republican-led Assembly signed off on last week.

That measure calls for a convention under Article V of the U.S. Constitution to propose amendments imposing fiscal restraints on federal government, limiting its power and jurisdiction and placing term limits on members of congress and federal bureaucrats.

The resolution passed (3-2) out of the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Legal Review and Consumer Protection last month, after winning the approval of the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics in March.

In the previous session, the proposal died in the Senate after passage in the Assembly.

Conservative activist Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action, believes this could be the year that Wisconsin and several other states move the resolution forward.

“We’re at 15 states but the energy is extraordinarily high right now,” Meckler told Empower Wisconsin last month.

The resolution notes that the constitution’s founders empowered state legislators to be “guardians of liberty against future abuses of power by the federal government.” Said federal government has gone on to create a “crushing national debt through improper and imprudent spending” and has “invaded the legitimate roles of the States through manipulative processes of federal mandates, most of which are unfunded to a great extent.”

The resolution can’t be vetoed by liberal Gov. Tony Evers, who also has attempted to rule by executive order during his two-plus years in office.

In 2017, the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a singular resolution that called for a convention to take up a balanced budget amendment.

“Right now, Wisconsin must say enough is enough and assert our constitutional ability to rein in the out-of-control federal government,” Sen. Julian Bradley (R-Franklin) told Empower Wisconsin last month. “Passing the Convention of States resolution — which doesn’t need obstructionist Gov. Evers’ support to become reality — is an essential step to asserting Wisconsin’s authority and checking these shameless abuses of power in Washington.”

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