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Is it really time to amend the Constitution. Again?

The Blagojevich Blight continues to spread, as witness the mark-up scheduled by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, for Thursday, July 30. The subject: S. J. Res 7, a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to the election of Senators (Feingold, Begich, McCain, Durbin)

The proposed amendment was introduced on January 29, a committee hearing was held on March 11, and now the mark-up. The text:

`Section 1. No person shall be a Senator from a State unless such person has been elected by the people thereof. When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies.

`Section 2. This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as a part of the Constitution.'.

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Manhattan Institute


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