What this Convention can Mean for State Legislators

State legislators have, in many respects, been reduced to functionaries carrying out the directives of unelected bureaucrats in Washington instead of elected officials upholding the Constitution and representing their constituents. An Article V General Convention provides state legislators with the opportunity to:

  • Eliminate unfunded mandates and one-size-fits-all “solutions” dictated by unelected federal bureaucrats: state legislators can be empowered to respond to their own constituents instead of dutifully executing programs and having the majority of their budgets under the control of Washington.[1]

  • End the forced subsidy of policy and program decisions made by their counterparts in other states.[2]

  • Prevent Washington from using federal block grants to extort compliance in areas where it clearly has no constitutional jurisdiction.

  • The states can be unleashed as fifty “laboratories of democracy,” learning from one another what works and what doesn’t, free to adapt to local conditions, and able to respond to changes on the ground much more quickly and effectively than the federal government can.

  • Americans across the political spectrum are dissatisfied with Congress. Local control is a winning issue with voters, especially millennials. In overwhelming numbers, young voters want the poor cared for, consumers protected, and the environment kept clean. But in even larger numbers, they agree that the federal government is inefficient, wasteful, and untrustworthy.


[1]To read testimony given by Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser on behalf of the Council of State Governments to the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs, please visit https://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Niederhauser_Testimony.pdf

[2]To learn more about how state labor law policies impact workers in surrounding states, please visit https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/204531