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Page 4--The AVC Legislative Report

While FOAVC has, up to now, published the Article V Convention Legislative Report published by Georgia attorney David Guldenschuh, FOAVC believes that this report presents inaccurate information regarding Article V Convention applications by the states.

The report does not accurately reflect the actual state of current applications on file with Congress. We suggest those wishing to see the overall record of applications examine this link showing the applications grouped according to application sets. The Constitution does not require state applications be on the same amendment to cause Congress to call a convention nor does it require state submit multiple applications before Congress is required to call a convention.

However, the AVC Legislative Report is as far as is known, the only source of information regarding current efforts by various political groups to obtain new applications to be submitted by the various state legislatures to Congress. These groups erroneously believe only if two thirds of the states submit identical applications on their particular application is Congress then mandated to call a convention limited, of course, to only their amendment issues. Further these groups may claim an application as supporting their political movement when the facts speak differently such as is demonstrated by a recent application by the State of Arizona. We urge all to read the actual documentation of the application available on our site to reach any conclusion regarding any application.

FOAVC emphasizes: the states have long since achieved the necessary two thirds submissions required to cause a convention call. The courts have never ruled applications must be on the same amendment subject in order for Congress to be required to call a convention. On May 5, 1789, Congress established the process for the handling of state applications for a convention call. That process was based on a numeric count of applications with no other terms or conditions described. The process continues to this day.

The most current version of the AVC Legislative Report (April 16, 2017) is shown below (click to enlarge):

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Articles on the AVC Legislative Report are shown below:

FOAVC Presents New AVC Feature

Starting May 31, 2015, FOAVC will publish on a periodic basis, the Article V Convention Legislative Progress Report created by Georgia Georgia attorney David F. Guldenschuh. Mr. Guldenschuh's report summarizes the efforts of various political movements attempt to get various state legislatures to submit applications for an Article V Convention based on "their" amendment proposal/subject. More....

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The Guldenschuh Report

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n September, 2015, Mr. Guldenschuh released a report on the progress of various political groups in the Article V movement. The report, while dated, nevertheless presents a good over all view of those groups attempting to use the Article V Convention to advance a specific amendment. The report does mention FOAVC but accurately states FOAVC is a non partisan organization favoring no specific amendment proposal.
 





The CRS Reports
On March 29, 2016  the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published two reports on the Article V Convention. These reports are used by Congress to help formulate policy on various legislative issues in Congress. According to the CRS website,"The Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves as a shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress. CRS experts assist at every state of the legislative process ---from the early considerations of that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities."

These reports are the latest in a series of CRS reports dating back to 1995. Links to the reports are found below. On May 14, 2016 FOAVC, sent a letter to the author of the report, Thomas Neale, noting several corrections to the 2016 report. Mr. Neale acknowledged receipt of the letter in a brief email response a few days later.

FOAVC apologizes for CRS Report R442589 (March 29, 2016). The report's table of contents is unreadable. This was  the condition of the report as FOAVC received it.

The March 29, 2016 reports can be read at:
www.foavc.org/reference/R44435_20160514.pdf
www.foavc.org/reference/R42589_20160329.pdf

The April, 2014 report can be read at: www.foavc.org/reference/R42589_20140411
The March, 2014 report can be read at: www.foavc.org/reference/R42589_20140307
Earlier Reports:
www.foavc.org/reference/R42589.pdf
www.foavc.org/reference/R42592.pdf
www.foavc.org/reference/95-589_A.pdf



Articles on the CRS Reports can be read below. The articles are shown in publication order:

New CRS Report on AVC Spurs Convention Interest
By Bill Walker

In a style somewhat reminiscent of my weekly newspaper days the Congressional Research Service (CRS) has in the space of a month published two new reports on an Article V Convention. The latest report published April 11, 2014 entitled, "The Article V Convent to Propose Constitutional Amendments: Contemporary Issues for Congress" discusses the latest actions by the states and other pro-convention activity groups around the nation. More...

A Letter to CRS
By Bill Walker

On March 29, 2016 a report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) written by Mr. Thomas H. Neale entitled "The Article V Convention to Propose Constitutional Amendments: Current Developments" was published. The report contained some errors. I recently sent a letter to Mr. Neale regarding those errors requesting they be corrected and updated in future CRS reports. Here is that letter. More....

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