Okla. lawmaker has constitutional convention bills

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma legislator who's been calling for changes to the 50,000-word state constitution doesn't want to stop there. Republican Representative Gary Banz of Midwest City also wants to see changes in the U.S. Constitution.

It's been almost 44 years since Oklahoma voters were asked to decide if a committee should be created to recommend amendments or to replace the state constitution, even though the constitution itself calls for a referendum every 20 years.

Banz has filed separate bills urging Congress to convene a national constitutional convention to consider a federal balanced budget amendment. He says the U.S. Constitution should include a provision that prohibits appropriating more than federal revenue estimates in any fiscal year, except in times of national emergencies. Twenty other states have passed similar petitions.

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