Republicans push constitutional convention measures forward

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin is closer to becoming the next state to demand a convention to alter the U.S. Constitution.

An Assembly committee voted Wednesday to advance measures from Republican Sen. Chris Kapenga that would make Wisconsin the 30th of 34 states needed to force a convention.

Supporters want to amend the country's guiding document to require a balanced federal budget. Critics, including Democrats and a handful of spectators that held signs urging committee members to reject the proposals, say it's dangerous to open the Constitution up for editing.

The committee also passed an amendment to let delegates remove those who take action outside of the convention's scope.

The measures already passed a Senate committee. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said he needs more information while Speaker Robin Vos is onboard.

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