The Academy of States is a collaborative effort of leading advocates who desire that our several state legislatures would bring reform to our federal government through a convention authorized and empowered by Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center
a convention could take place within the next 24 months!
there is a widespread perception that Washington is not serving the best interests of the states and the American people, and you can do something about it!
as President Obama famously said, “You can’t change Washington from the inside.”
This workshop will equip state legislatures with practical skills to effectively prepare for and participate in a convention to propose amendments. Topics include:
Drafting a delegate selection statute.
Creating delegate instruction, oversight, and enforcement measures.
The need for bipartisan cooperation in order to draft and ratify amendments.
Session 1: Delegate Selection
Sam Fieldman, National Counsel for Wolf-PAC, and Vickie Deppe, Director of Education for Path To Reform, will discuss options and considerations to equip you to draft a delegate selection statute that reflects the needs and sensibilities of your state.
Session 2: Delegate Instruction and Oversight
Michael Sterns and David Guldenschuh, constitutional and legal experts, will provide guidance regarding how to instruct delegates. They will also discuss how to impose an accountability structure and steps that may be taken in the event a delegate violates the instructions they have been given.
Session 3: Overcoming Convention Apprehension
Rep Ken Ivory (R-UT) and Rep Carmine Gentile (D-MA) will facilitate a cross-partisan dialogue with emphasis on the high bar of ratification. After participating, members of the minority party should feel more comfortable that the majority will not be able to unilaterally impose policies they believe will harm their constituents. Members of the majority party should have a greater appreciation for the fact that they’re going to need the support of the minority party if the work product of their convention has any chance of being ratified.
speakers and sponsors
Massachusetts State Representative
Director of Education
Path To Reform
W. Bruce Lee
Phoenix Correspondence Commission
Frank & Carol Keeney
Act 2 Reform
Path To Reform
Entrepreneur and Political Activist
ARTICLE V RESOURCES
Delegate Selection & Oversight Legislation
Note: not all of these measures are currently in force but still serve as useful model legislation.
New Hampshire (draft legislation)
North Dakota (page 28)
Links valid as of 08/09/2022.