Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: December 5, 2014
Sen. Rob Standridge
Sen. Standridge appointed to attend
Oklahoma State Sen. Rob Standridge was appointed this week by President
Pro Tempore Brian Bingman to represent the majority party of the
Oklahoma State Senate at The Assembly of State Legislature’s
meeting in Washington, D.C. next week.
The Assembly of State Legislatures is a bipartisan group of state
legislators from across the country who recognize that the states
have a responsibility under federalism to work together to solve
problems of national concern.
The Norman Republican said he was honored to once again be chosen
as a delegate for the national meeting.
“I want to again thank Senator Bingman for the privilege of
representing our caucus at this important meeting,” said Standridge.
“It’s imperative that the states let their voices be
heard by Congress and the Courts. Congress, in particular, has been
spending money at an unsustainable rate that can’t continue.
We, as the states, must assert our power and let the federal government
know that we will protect our rights.”
The meeting will focus on Article V of the U.S. Constitution,
which has been a popular issue for both parties in many state legislatures
the last few years. While Congress can propose constitutional amendments,
the states can as well. Article V reserves to the states the right
to call for a Convention of States to propose constitutional amendments
when Congress, the Courts or both refuse to address an egregious
wrong suffered by the people. If two-thirds or 34 of the states
call for a Convention of States to propose amendments, Congress
has to do so.
One subject that has been proposed by more than 20 states, including
Oklahoma, for an Article V Convention of States is a constitutional
amendment to balance the federal budget.
The U.S. Constitution does not specify most rules and procedures
on how an Article V Convention for Proposing Amendments would function;
therefore, The Assembly of State Legislatures sees it as the responsibility
of the state legislatures, under the 10th Amendment, to define such
rules and procedures. This will ensure a prudent process exists
should any convention for proposing amendments be called.
The Assembly last met in Indianapolis in June. Standridge also
attended that meeting as the official delegate for the Oklahoma
He will be filing one bill and two resolutions this session dealing
with the Convention of the States.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Standridge: (405) 521-5535