Video: Convention of States (COS) Orientation

Note: This Video was extracted and edited from the COSLive! Episode 154 Video. For more complete information visit the COS Action website: The Video Moderator is Andrew Woodruff, a COS Project Volunteer.

What Is A Convention of States (COS)?

When the Founders finalized the US Constitution they included in Article V the means to Amend the US Constitution to make improvements and to address future needs. COS Delegates must meet (convene) to prepare the Amendment language which would then need to be approved (ratified) before becoming part of the US Constitution. Delegates for the COS may be chosen in the manner and quantity determined by the convening group.

In order to convene a COS, either: A) 2/3 (66.6%) of both chambers of the Federal Legislature (Senate and House) must vote YES; or B) 2/3 (66.6%) of both chambers (Senate and Assembly) of ALL State Legislatures must vote YES. In order for a COS result to be proposed as an Amendment it must be ratified by 3/4 (75%) of the convening Federal or State Legislatures. Final approval (ratification) of All COS Amendments must be done by 3/4 (75%) of both chambers (Senate and Assembly) of ALL State Legislatures.

Why is A COS Needed?

The COS is needed to pass US Constitution Amendments to: 1) Require a Federal Balanced Budget; and 2) Set Term Limits for Federal Elective Service. A third amendment could be: 3) Return Federal Public Land to the States.