NEW INFORMATION: Wis. panel OKs constitutional convention request

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin legislative committee has approved a resolution calling for a convention of states to craft a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

It takes a two-thirds vote in Congress to propose an amendment for states' ratification. Congress also must grant a request from two-thirds of the states to convene a convention to propose an amendment. Ratification requires approval from three-quarters of state legislatures.

The tea party has been making a national push to convene a convention to propose an amendment requiring the federal government to balance its budget. Wisconsin Republicans have drafted a resolution asking Congress for such a convention.

The Republican-controlled Assembly Campaigns and Elections Committee approved the resolution 6-2 Tuesday. The resolution goes next to the full Assembly.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin legislative committee is set to vote on a resolution calling for a state convention to propose a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

It takes a two-thirds vote in Congress to propose an amendment for states' ratification. Congress also must grant a request from two-thirds of the states to convene a state convention to propose an amendment. Ratification requires approval from three-quarters of state legislatures.

The tea party has been making a national push to convene a convention to propose an amendment requiring the federal government to balance its budget. Wisconsin Republicans have drafted a resolution asking Congress for such a convention.

The Assembly election committee is set to vote on the resolution Tuesday. Approval would clear the way for a full Assembly vote.


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