April 27, 2017 - 6:03 pm
CARSON CITY — Over the years, Nevada lawmakers have passed resolutions calling for a constitutional convention, but legislators may be undoing all that work.
The resolutions, dating back to 1910, are tied to Article V of the U.S. Constitution, which allows state legislatures to call a constitutional convention to work on amendments. To get a convention, two-thirds of states — at least 34 — would need to call a convention.
Senate Joint Resolution 10 would erase and rescind all prior so called “Article V resolutions” Nevada lawmakers have passed. If approved, the resolution would leave the state with no resolutions that could be used to help the nation reach the 34-state threshold needed for a convention.
“It just wipes the slate clean,” said Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, a sponsor of the legislation. The measure was heard Thursday in the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee.
The resolutions typically are tied to a single issue. For example, in 1973, Nevada lawmakers wanted a convention to end “forced integration in schools.”
“That’s not the Nevada of 2017,” Segerblom said.
More recently, Nevada lawmakers in 1979 wanted a convention for a balanced budget amendment. About 28 states have made similar calls in recent years. The committee did not take action Thursday on the resolution, which passed the Senate unanimously.
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