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Can a dormant proposed constitutional amendment come back to life?

May 31, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

This week, the state of Illinois voted to ratify the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution 36 years after its ratification deadline expired, reviving several debates about the shelf life of constitutional amendments.

Term limits amendment would face uphill battle

January 5, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Ron DeSantis want a constitutional amendment to limit the terms members of Congress can serve in Washington. But will their efforts gain any traction?

Podcast: Article V and constitutional change

September 22, 2016 By NCC Staff

Michael Rappaport of the University of San Diego and David Strauss of the University of Chicago discuss how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could change the Constitution.

A short list of constitutional amendments proposed in the current Congress

July 7, 2016 By Scott Bomboy

Recently, a member of the House of Representatives from New York state proposed eliminating recess appointments from the Constitution, the latest of some interesting constitutional changes introduced in the 114th Congress.

Should there be term limits for members of Congress and the Supreme Court?

February 27, 2016 By Nicandro Iannacci

The 22nd Amendment sets a two-term limit on the office of the President. Should members of the other two branches follow the same rule?

Doing the math for a new Constitutional Convention

April 6, 2015 By NCC Staff

Can a group of states ban together for the first time since 1787 to change the Constitution at a convention? It all comes down to a matter of math and a few important numbers: 5, 27, 34, 38, 535 and 9.

So what are the D.C. insiders really afraid of?

November 2, 2014 By Nick Dranias and Lawrence Lessig

In this commentary, Lawrence Lessig from Harvard Law School and Nick Dranias of the Compact for America Educational Foundation refute what they see as fear-mongering about the Article V process for amending the Constitution at a state level.

Constitution Check: Does the amendment process need to be amended?

May 13, 2014 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston looks at the latest talk about different ways to amend the Constitution, including ideas about changing the article that outlines the amendment process.

Unraveling part of a new Constitution convention riddle

April 7, 2014 By Scott Bomboy

A House representative from California wants Congress to investigate claims that 34 states have asked for a second constitutional convention. But even verifying that those states have asked for such a meeting seems problematic.

Four amendments that almost made it into the Constitution

March 23, 2014 By NCC Staff

This weekend marks the 42nd anniversary of congressional approval of the Equal Rights Amendment, which almost became part of the Constitution in the 1970s. But it wasn't the only amendment that came close.

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