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Md. Senate Voting To Repeal Calls To Amend US Constitution

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate is scheduled to vote on repealing previous calls to the U.S. Congress to hold a constitutional convention.

The joint resolution is on the agenda for Monday night’s session.

The Maryland General Assembly has passed four calls for a convention since the 1930s to amend the U.S. Constitution. The last one in the 1970s called for an amendment that requires a balanced federal budget.

The resolution nullifies any and all prior applications to Congress to call a convention. Other applications involved restoring school prayer and ending the federal income tax.

It was part of a package of initiatives Maryland Democrats outlined in January out of concern for what could happen during a constitutional convention during President Donald Trump’s administration.

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