• State House Says No To Amending Constitution

    PIERRE, SD — The South Dakota House of Representatives has voted, 40-28, against calling for an Article V Convention of the States.

    An Article V convention would allow the states to offer proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution on balancing the budget and other issues dear to the hearts of some conservative groups.. 

    At least 34 states must call for the Article V convention before it can be convened.  

    Tim Goodwin(Goodwin)  Republican Tim Goodwin of Rapid City voted against the resolution, basically because such a convention might open up a can of worms and result in unintended consequences.

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    (Latteral)  Resolution Sponsor Isaac Latteral of Sioux Falls made an impassioned appeal for support. Isaac Latterell

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    said Latteral referring to the federal government, as he compared some critics of Article V to hostages who come to sympathize with their captors, the so-called Stockholm Syndrome.

    The South Dakota Article V debate picked up national attention when ultra conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin last week urged South Dakota voters to call their lawmakers to support the resolution. Article V activists also were lobbying hard in Pierre.