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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
In the event of an Article V convention under the United States Constitution, HB 1110 would establish laws on the appointment of delegates to represent Texas and it would define the scope of that delegate’s authority.
According to the author’s statement of intent, “given that multiple measures have been filed in Texas regarding a convention under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, concerns of a runaway convention have been raised.”
HB 1110 seeks to remedy those concerns. First it would establish procedures for appointing a delegate or delegates to a convention, as well as the procedures for appointing an alternate delegate. Most importantly, this legislation would clarify that the actions of a delegate on behalf of Texas during an Article V convention must be approved by the legislature. This would reign in the authority of a delegate by ensuring decisions are not made solely by that delegate.
We support HB 1110 because it supports our limited government principle and personal responsibility principle. A rogue delegate should not have the authority to determine the fate of our state without the Legislature approving the actions of that delegate. Moreover, this ensures that the legislature is still responsible for the outcome of an Article V convention.