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APRIL 12, 1973
U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1973
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
JAMES 0. EASTLAND, Mississippi, Chairman JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas
ROMAN L. HRUSKA, Nebraska SAM J. ERVIN, JR., North Carolina
HIRAM L. FONG, Hawaii PHILIP A. HART, Michigan
HUGH SCOTT, Pennsylvania EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts STROM THURMOND, South Carolina BIRCH BAYH, Indiana
MARLOW W. COOK, Kentucky QUENTIN N. BURDICK, North Dakota CHARLES MCC. MATHIAS, JR., Maryland ROBERT C. BYRD, West Virginia
EDWARD J. GURNEY, Florida JOHN V. TUNNEY, California
SUBCOMMITTEE ON SEPARATION OF POWERS
SAM J. ERVIN, JR., North Carolina, Chairman JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas
CHARLES MCC. MATHIAS, JR., Maryland QUENTIN N. BURDICK, North Dakota EDWARD J. GURNEY, Florida ROBERT C. BYRD, West Virginia
Kurus L. EDMISTEN, Chief Counsel and Staff Director
CLAIR W. RODGERS, Jr., Minority Counsel
WALKER F. NOLAN, Jr., Counsel
J. L. PECORE, Assistant Counsel
ARTHUI MILLER, Consultant
Ervin, Hon. Sam J., Jr. :
Introduction of S. 1272, Congressional Record, March 19, 1973_
Letter of April 2, 1973_-
State of Michigan, Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 172, application to
the Congress of the United States to call a constitutional convention pur-
FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 1973
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to recess, at 9:20 a.m., in room 3302, New Senate Office Building, Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr. (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Present: Senator Ervin.
Also present: Rufus L. Edmisten, chief counsel and staff director; Telma P. Moore, executive assistant, William E. Pursley, Jr., chief counsel, Revision and Codification of Laws Subcommittee.
Senator ERVIN. The subcommittee will come to order.
Today the Subcommittee on Separation of Powers will hear from representatives of a citizen group which has particular and immediate interest in S. 1272, a bill to establish procedures for calling a Federal constitutional convention by the States pursuant to article V of the Constitution.
On March 19, 1973, Senator Brock and I introduced this bill, which has been referred for consideration to the Separation of Powers Subcommittee. It is exactly like the legislation I offered in the 92d Congress which was passed by the Senate, 84-to-0.
This bill provides for a reasonable and orderly process by which an article V constitutional convention can be called and conducted. It is urgently needed to supply answers to the perplexing questions which have been raised concerning this method of amending the Constitution.
The citizen group which will present testimony today, the National Committee for a Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit Forced Busing, is presently engaged in an effort to call a constitutional convention pursuant to article V. It is my understanding that nine State legislatures to date have adopted resolutions calling for a convention with respect to this subject and that over 20 other State legislatures are considering such a call. This group has, obviously, a special interest in S. 1272,
I welcome you to the hearing and appreciate your willingness to give us the benefit of your views on this legislation.
I would like to insert in the record at this point a copy of the bill S. 1272, and a copy of the statement I made to the Senate at the time of the introduction of the bill. [S. 1272 follows:]