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States want convention to propose new amendments to U.S. Constitution

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Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 12:17 pm | Updated: 1:21 pm, Wed Feb 23, 2011.

At least 26 state legislatures are looking to call a convention under Article V of the U.S. Constitution to propose new amendments, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix.

Ideas under consideration include new amendments that would require a majority of states to approve new federal debt, force Congress to balance the federal budget every year, and allow action by two-thirds of states to repeal any federal law or rule, the release said.

Research from the Goldwater is guiding the states' efforts. On Tuesday, the institute released a new report, "Amending the Constitution by Convention: Practical Guidance for Citizens and Policymakers." To view that report and the institute's other research, go to www.goldwaterinstitute.org.

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