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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
On behalf of the 84th Texas Legislature, HJR 77 would call for an Article V convention amongst the states “for the limited purpose of proposing one or more amendments to the constitution to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and to limit the terms of office of federal officials and members of Congress.”
With a national debt that has cleared the $18 trillion mark and federal mandates that encroach on the liberties of individuals on a daily basis, the United States Congress has clearly led the federal government astray. At our nation’s current trajectory we will reach a point of no return in rolling back many of these intrusions into our liberty.
We support HJR 77 because an Article V convention is our most effective means to reigning in the massive debt created by our federal government, as well as its unprecedented growth in power. While some believe that this could result in a runaway convention, it is important to remember that the proposal in this resolution calls “for the limited purpose of proposing one or more amendments to the constitution.” In other words, the scope of this convention would be tailored narrowly to only consider the issues specified in HJR 77.
This joint resolution would positively affect all five of our liberty principles.