Constitutional convention proposals draw strong reactions in Wisconsin

Constitutional convention proposals draw strong reactions in Wisconsin
Sen. Chris Kapenga

The public will weigh in on proposals that would make Wisconsin the 30th state to call for a constitutional convention to force adoption of a balanced budget amendment.

Republican state Sen. Chris Kapenga has proposed a resolution calling for a convention of states to add the amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Thirty-four states must call for such a proceeding to make it happen.

Assembly and Senate committees will hold a joint public hearing Tuesday on the resolution. Opponents including the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign fear a convention could lead to wholesale changes to the constitution.

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