Convention not needed to overturn Citizens United

Published: Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Re "Prop. 49 lets citizens have a voice," (Another View, July 23): Michele Sutter and Derek Cressman have it right. Proposition 49 will enable the public to advise Congress on a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision. However, what does The Bee editorial board have to say? A constitutional convention would be required. Nonsense.

At the initiative of Congress, a constitutional amendment requires only passage through each house by two-thirds votes and approval by three-fourths of the states. The reference to a convention in Article V refers to the state's initiative for a convention. If Congress initiates an amendment (SB 1272), no convention is required. Proposition 49, therefore, is a proper effort to prod Congress to act.

The editorial board and the governor should be ashamed of their intellectual sloppiness and their bias against political action by the people.

-- William H. Keyser, Carmichael

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