Texas Legislature begins debating ‘convention of states’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Legislature has begun debating Gov. Greg Abbott’s calls for a “convention of states” that could amend the U.S. Constitution.

Abbott has long backed legislatures nationwide convening a convention to impose a federal balanced budget amendment, term limits and other checks to thwart Washington “overreach.” He made it an “emergency item,” fast-tracking bills on the issue through the Texas Legislature.

A bill and proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution allowing for such a convention was introduced Thursday in the Senate State Affairs Committee. But many conservative Texans lined up to oppose it.

They worried about a “runaway” convention where liberal states could weaken things like the Second Amendment.

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The proposals will likely eventually pass the committee, but still face an uncertain future before the full Texas Senate and House.