Based on several reports and opinions, Michigan might be the 34th state to issue such a call and therefore presents the constitutionally-required number of states to begin the process of achieving a balanced budget amendment – California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter. Read more – http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/02/rare-option-forcing-congress-to-meet-change-constitution-gains-momentum/#
Many states have applied and later rescinded their applications for a convention. Some scholars say it’s irrelevant.
Some constitutional scholars like Gregory Watson, an analyst in Texas, say once states ask, there may be no take-backs.
“There is a disagreement among scholars as to whether a state that has approved an application may later rescind that application,” Watson told The Washington Times. “If it is ultimately adjudicated that a state may not rescind a prior application, then Ohio’s 2013 application for a Balanced Budget Amendment convention would be the 33rd and Michigan’s 2014 application would be the 34th on that topic.”
So the water is a little muddy here. 29 states have been reported to have voted for an Article V convention – http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/03/20/growing-chorus-of-state-lawmakers-call-for-constitutional-convention-to-force-fiscal-discipline-in-washington/#
We are seeing people such as the Congressman from California – California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter – attempt to utilize the call for a balanced budget amendment convention as tied into the Article V convention. They are entirely separate. An Article V convention would allow for proposing amendments to the Constitution on any topic, not just a balanced budget amendment.
The Article V movement is taking on the same persona of the Tea Party. No central organization exists, just a collection of groups of all shapes and sizes fighting for the same general ideal. Some credit conservative talk radio show host Mark Levin with starting the push for an Article V convention. It was Indiana State Senator Dan Carden who actually organized what was coined the Mount Vernon Assembly in December of last year as an meeting to lay the foundation for organizing the states.
Here is a website that contains information relating to the movement – http://conventionofstates.com/
The point is there are a multitude of ways in which to become involved in the Article V movement. The Tea Party lacks a central party which can sometimes work against it and is also a plus at the same time. The Article V movement cannot follow this same path. The only way it can come to fruition is through the legislative process instituted by the Founders in the Constitution itself.
The people can still do the legwork here however by pressuring the members of their state legislatures to obtain the necessary votes to force the U.S. Congress to act.