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Convention of States Project Keeps Pressing Forward

By Stuart MacPhail – March, 2020
The Convention of States Project (CoSP) with 15 of the needed 34 state-approved applications is currently most active in 4 states:
Pennsylvania – HR206 (32 sponsors) carried over from 2019.  Passed out of the House State Government Committee by a vote of 13 to 11 on December 16.
South Carolina – SJR112 (20 sponsors including SC Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey) and HJR3125 (48 sponsors including SC Speaker of the House Jay Lucas).
South Dakota – HJR5001 (35 sponsors) was defeated on February 12 by a vote of 32 to 37.  Side Note:  On February 6 SJR503 was introduced with 20 sponsors, seeking to rescind a 2015 resolution calling for a BBA-focused Article V convention of states.
Wisconsin – HJR77 (33 sponsors) where the bill passed out of the Assembly on February 18 on a vote of 60 to 38.  The Senate bill, SJR57, has 33 sponsors.

CoSP has its proposal pending in 10 other states:
Kansas – HCR5009 carried over from 2019.
Michigan – SJR0 (1 sponsor) carried over from 2019.
Missouri – SCR37 (1 sponsor) introduced for sunset removal on February 18, 2020.
New Jersey – SCR14 (7 sponsors) introduced on January 14, 2020 and ACR98 (7 sponsors) introduced on February 3, 2020.
New Mexico – SJR4 (2 sponsors) introduced on January 21, 2020.
New York – SR240 and AR63 (2 sponsors each) carried over from 2019.
Ohio – SJR2 carried over from 2019.
Rhode Island – HJR7630 (1 sponsor) was introduced on February 14, 2020.
Washington – SJM8007 (12 sponsors) and HJM4002 (21 sponsors) both introduced on January 13, 2020.
West Virginia – HCR48 (11 sponsors).

Although bills have not yet been introduced, CoSP reports that it is also active in California, Colorado, Idaho and Kentucky.
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