Arkansas House OKs bid for constitutional convention

February 13, 2019 GMT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House has approved a plan to join other states in asking for a national convention to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

The House voted 56-40 on Wednesday to adopt a resolution calling for a convention of the states to take up amendments imposing fiscal restraints on the federal government, limiting the federal government’s powers and imposing term limits on Congress.

The proposal needs at least 33 other states to agree for a convention to be held and 38 states to ratify the amendments. Conservatives in other states have been pushing for similar resolutions. Opponents say they’re worried the convention would open the door to other constitutional changes being considered.

The proposal heads back to the Senate to concur in an amendment to the measure.