Subjects Inside: Article
FAQ, Application Counts By Congress, Articles,
AVC Legislative Report, Convention of States, The Historic Record of COS, COS Laws, COS Articles, John Birch Society, Con-Con, Runaway Convention, "Obey the Constitution, Only Two More States", Rescissions, The Phony Burger Letter, The Madison Letter, Fotheringham Exchange, JBS Articles, Sibley Lawsuit, General Interest, Article V.org, Robert Natelson, History of Article V, Counting the Applications, The Numeric Count History, Congressional Decision of May 5, 1789, Development of Article V, The Committee of the Whole, The Committee of Detail, August 30, September 10, Committee of Style, September 15, Official Government Documents, History of FOAVC, Founders, Audio/Visual, Links, Contact Us, Legal Page, 14th Amendment, The Electoral Process, Packets
Page 8--General Interest Page
instances information about an Article V Convention does not require an
web page and thus falls into the general interest catagory. This
information will be published on our General Interest Page usually in
the form of an article. Other articles may be found on our
Articles page and we encourage all to take time and read them.
for AVC Applications
May 10, 2015: In a letter
dated April 30, 2015 word was
received the petition for updating NARA rules in regards to Article V
Applications is now in process. In other news Mr. John Simms, legal
counsel to the office of the Inspector General of the NARA indicated
they had no idea on how to proceed regarding a request within the
petition for an inspection of the records. Mr. Simms suggested a FOIA
request be made to the office of Legislative Affairs in NARA but was
unsure if this would cause any response from NARA.
April 24, 2015: In a brief conversation with NARA Inspector
General James Springs, Mr. Springs stated that the request for an
inspection of the convention records in the custody of the NARA is
being studied by the counsel to the NARA Inspector General's office.
Congress recently revised the law regarding inspection of federal
records to remove the GSA from the process. The new law is so new even
GSA officials were unaware of it until a few weeks ago. The law places
inspections of all federal records under the responsibility of the NARA.
A petition for the commence of rule making
activities by the National
Records and Archives Administration (NARA) related to the compilation,
display and presentation of state Article V applications currently in
the custody of the NARA was recently submitted by Bill Walker of
Friends of the Article V Convention (FOAVC) to the office of the
Federal Register. Submission of the proposed regulations to the Federal
Register is the first step in adopting the proposed rules for the NARA.
In addition, other government
officials were sent copies of the
petition which is intended to establish a series of federal regulations
regarding state applications currently held by the NARA. The government
officials were requested to use their offices to facilitate and resolve
problems associated with state applications that lie outside the
jurisdiction of the NARA.
In addition, Mr. Walker sent a proposed convention call to
officials. “In combination,” said Mr. Walker, “the proposed NARA
regulations and proposed call emphatically disproves the tired argument
that no rules exist regarding a convention or that they cannot be
written.” Walker went on to point out that the basis of this call and
proposed regulations are supported by numerous Supreme Court rulings as
well as numerous federal statutes and regulations. “The fact is that
those who say no regulations can be written fail to understand a
fundamental point—that in any question regarding the Constitution, all
the Constitution must be satisfied and therefore all the Constitution
must be applied to any constitutional question,” said Walker.
Walker stated too often those who have not properly studied the issue
of an Article V Convention simply assume because operational issues
such as election of delegates, convention agenda and so forth are not
mentioned in Article V, that the Constitution simply does not supply
any answer about these questions. “This is entirely false,” said
Walker. “The courts have repeatedly ruled on many issues regarding the
operational aspects of a convention. It simply requires a little bit of
digging on the part of the individual to locate the answers. Most
people do not this. Therefore they are susceptible to false statements
by convention opponents or political groups who rely on this ignorance
to further their political agenda.”
The overall purpose of the proposed regulations is to establish a
reliable, verifiable catalogue of state applications available for
constitutional use by Congress in calling conventions as well as being
available for public review.
A letter from Tomas E. Brennan, co-founder
|Dear Friend of the Constitution:
Like so many other Americans, you believe
that our government is not working the way the Founders intended. You
have expressed interest in a convention to propose amendments, just as
Washington, Madison and Hamilton expected us to do.
At this very moment there are literally dozens of proposals for
constitutional amendments circulating on the Internet. Each one has its
own supporters. Most of them want a convention for the only purpose of
proposing the amendment they support.
Now at last there is one single clearing house where all ideas for
constitutional amendments can be examined, debated, refined and voted
up or down by people of the United States.
It is called Convention USA. It’s not
being held in any one city or any one convention center. It’s being
held on the Internet at
Every registered voter in every
state is invited to become a delegate, and participate in the work of
the convention. There is no cost and no obligation, except to vote on
proposals and share your opinions.
We will call the convention to order when we have two thirds of the
If you have any questions, I can be
The First Set of
Applications by the States
Since the beginning of this
nation the states have applied for an
Article V Convention at an average rate of one application every four
months. The Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that amendment subject
has no bearing on the amendment process. The Constitution only
specifies one standard for a convention call--an application from each
of two-thirds of the state legislatures. You can view the first
application submitted by each state at this link.
As the evidence
proves by 1911 two-thirds of the states had submitted applications for
an Article V Convention. The Constitution does not permit nor allow
so-called rescissions of the applications. Even if it did, long before
a single rescission was submitted (1947 state of Maine to correct a
textual error) the states had satisfied the single requirement of the
You may also read a summation created
by long time convention supporter
John Guise showing in sequence of application the state, its
application, the number of states in the union at the time of the
application and the number of states needed to cause a convention call.
Accordingly, it can be stated that as
of Friday, March 13, 1908 with
the application of the state of Washington Congress has been
to call an Article V Convention as mandated by the United States
Page Last Updated: 5-MARCH 2017