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Ohio House passes balanced budget resolution

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio House passed a joint resolution on Thursday that would urge the federal government to rein in spending.
State Rep. Brian Hill of Zanesville announced that the House had approved Senate Joint Resolution 5 during session on Thursday. The legislation was introduced by Senate President Keith Faber in the Senate and it is similar to House Joint Resolution 7.
The resolution urges Congress, pursuant to Article V of the constitution, to call a convention of the states for the purpose of proposing a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. As amended, S.J.R. 5 does not allow for the discussion of other amendments during the convention and would focus on balancing the budget.
Rep. Hill said, “Adopting a balanced budget is an essential and responsible act that the federal government should be held to.”
When 34 states pass similar resolutions, Congress must set a time and location for the convention to occur, in which delegates of each state legislature will debate the balanced budget amendment. Ohio will be the 20th state to pass a resolution pertaining to Article V.

Z. Daniel Barnett

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