House Approves Call For Federal Balanced Budget Amendment

The South Dakota House has approved a proposal that calls for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.
    
The chamber voted 39-30 Wednesday to send the resolution to the Senate. If it’s approved, South Dakota would join 24 other states calling for a constitutional convention.
    
Republican Rep. Jim Stalzer says the amendment is necessary because federal lawmakers have been unable to address the country’s growing debt.
    
Opponents argue the convention could backfire and be used to rewrite many parts of the Constitution.
    
Stalzer says a separate bill the House passed on Wednesday addresses those fears. The measure would restrict a South Dakota convention representative from approving any unauthorized amendments.
    
It takes 34 states to trigger a convention and 38 states to approve an amendment.