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Page 5 B--Continuing The Discussion of COS, CFA

The purpose of this page is to present the text of all applications and state laws submitted by the states dealing  a "convention of states" or "compact" to propose amendments. Due to the complexities of some state legislature's web sites, FOAVC  has, in some instances, been unable to locate the appropriate application or legislation. This missing information is noted below. FOAVC would appreciate anyone who can provide a link to the needed information contacting us at questions@foavc.org.

FOAVC believes in the principle of Res Ipsa Louquitur--let the facts speak for themselves. FOAVC also believes people should have the opportunity to make up their minds on an issue based on original material rather than an interpretation by some individual or group. For this reason FOAVC is presenting copies of the actual applications and state laws thus far enacted in regards to COS/CFA. A brief description of the state applications and state law from each state is next to the state's outline.

Clicking on the icon will bring up a page showing the material obtained from the official records of the state legislature. In some instances FOAVC will reference material within the official documents it believes may be of interest to the reader. The files presented are accurate as of September, 2016. However FOAVC realizes over time the laws shown on these pages may become out of date. FOAVC would appreciate anyone who discovers the state laws shown have been altered to contact the above email address with this information so that we may update our information.



COS

Alabama

Alabama




The state of Alabama enacted HJR 112 on May 22, 2015 as it COS application. The resolution requires state laws regulating convention delegates. HJR 112 requests the political agenda expressed by COS as described elsewhere in this website.






Alabama








Despite the requirements of HJR 112, FOAVC has been unable to locate any Alabama state law dealing with the regulation of convention delegates.














Alaska


Alaska
The state of Alaska enacted a "Countermand" application under HCR14 as its "convention of states" application which was permanent enrolled as Legislative Resolution 49 on September 15, 2016. Despite claims by COS that Alaska passed a "convention of states" application Resolution 46 only addresses a "Countermand" or nullification amendment. It does use the term "convention of states" but only in its opening remarks. FOAVC has been unable to locate any state record showing the Alaska state legislature has, in fact, passed a "convention of states" application supporting the COS political agenda.


Alaska
The state of Alaska enacted Legislative Resolution 46 which was permanently enrolled on September 23, 2016. The resolution deals with the regulation of convention delegates from the state of Alaska to a convention for proposing amendments. The delegates are "representatives of the legislature" and therefore not considered "free agents" and only are "authorized" to complete the terms specified in Resolution 46. Delegates are strictly limited only to support a "Countermand" or nullification amendment meaning they are not authorized to support neither the COS or CFA agenda.



Florida

Florida


The state of Florida enacted SM 476, an application for a convention for proposing amendments on May 9, 2014. According to a COS news release COS claims this application as COS application. However while the application does support the political agenda of COS, it contains no language referring to a "convention of states" but instead refers to an  "Article V Convention."





Florida

The state of Florida enacted CS/HB 609 on July 1, 2014 enrolled in Florida Code as Title 50, Section 38. The law establishes the regulation of convention delegates and provides for criminal felony prosecution (page 9) (felony in the third degree) of up to five years in prison or a fine up to $5,000 for failure of any convention delegate to follow instructions of the state legislature. The law calls for delegate selection by the legislature.





Georgia

Georgia



The state of Georgia enacted SR 736 as its COS application on April 22, 2014. The application matches the political agenda of COS.





Georgia


The state of Georgia amended Georgia State Code, Title 50, adding Section 38 dealing with a Compact for a Balanced Budget on April 12, 2014. As far as FOAVC can determine there is no corresponding state law addressing any COS convention. Apparently convention delegates from Georgia to a COS convention will be regulated by state laws intended to regulate the CFA compact. The compact requires delegate selection by the state legislature only.




Indiana

Indiana




The state of Indiana enacted SJR 14 as its COS application on March 17, 2016. The application matches the political agenda of COS.






Indiana



The state of Indiana enacted two bills, SB 224 and SB 225 on May 7, 2013. The two bills combined to add a new section to the Indiana Code IC 2-8 and IC 2-8.2. IC 2-8 deals with the selection of convention delegates by the state legislature, criminal felony prosecution (page 3) (a Class D felony of up to three years in prison and a possible fine not to exceed $10,000) and the creation of an "Advisory" committee made up state officials to "advise" delegates as to whether a contemplated vote violates state law.





Indiana




The state of Indiana's second bill, SB 225 created IC 2-8.2 in Indiana Code. IC 2-8.2 defines the qualifications for delegate, their oath office and other associated duties.






Louisiana

Louisiana


The state of Louisiana enacted as its COS application, SCR 52 on June 7, 2016. The application matches the agenda of COS.




Missing

FOAVC has been unable to locate any Louisiana state law dealing with convention delegates.





Oklahoma

OklahomaThe state of Oklahoma enacted SJR 4 as its COS application on April 27, 2016. The application is unique in that combines two applications in the same measure. The first, found in sections 2 through 5 is a general balanced budget amendment and specifies (page 3) that the application is to be aggregated with 28 other state applications. The second, found in sections 6 through 9 calls for a COS convention following the political agenda of COS and the application is to be aggregated with the application of six other COS states.

Missing


FOAVC has been unable to locate any Oklahoma state law dealing with convention delegates.




Tennessee

Tennessee
The state of Tennessee enacted as its COS application SJR 67 on February 9, 2016. The application follows the political agenda of COS.

Missing

FOAVC has been unable to locate any Tennessee state law dealing with convention delegates.






CFA

Alaska

Alaska

The "Compact for a Balanced Budget" regulates the convention, delegates and ratification and therefore requires no other legislative act by the state. The state of Alaska enacted the CFA compact as HB 284 on July 21, 2014.





Georgia

Georgia



The state of Georgia enacted the CFA compact as HB 794 which regulates convention, delegates and ratification on April 12, 2014.






Mississippi

Mississippi




The state of Mississippi enacted the CFA compact as SB2389 which regulates convention, delegates and ratification on March 13, 2015.







North Dakota

North Dakota

The state of North Dakota enacted the CFA compact as EHB 1138 which regulates convention, delegates and ratification on April 1, 2015.  



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