Balanced budget bill likely dead for session
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The sponsor of an Oklahoma bill that would call for a convention to propose a federal balanced budget amendment says the bill is likely dead for this year's legislative session.
Republican Rep. Gary Banz says he asked the House States' Rights Committee not to take up the bill in its last meeting Tuesday. That makes it unlikely to resurface unless the Legislature brings it up as a nonbinding resolution.
The bill would have added Oklahoma to the list of states calling for an amendment proposal convention. The National Conference of State Legislatures says 29 states currently have that call on the books.
Two-thirds of the states would have to make such a call for a convention to happen, which hasn't happened since the writing of the U.S. Constitution.
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