Oklahoma State Rep. Gary Banz, a Republican, at the state's Capitol in Oklahoma City last summer was among those advocating for a balanced budget amendment and pointing to a clause in Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution, which allows the states to sidestep Congress and draft their own constitutional amendments, as a way to do it. In order for this to happen 38 states would have to vote do join the effort. The Idaho Legislature is considering it. (Nick Oxford/The New York Times)
Oklahoma State Rep. Gary Banz, a Republican, at the state's Capitol in Oklahoma City last summer was among those advocating for a balanced budget amendment and pointing to a clause in Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution, which allows the states to sidestep Congress and draft their own constitutional amendments, as a way to do it. In order for this to happen 38 states would have to vote do join the effort. The Idaho Legislature is considering it. (Nick Oxford/The New York Times) NICK OXFORD
Oklahoma State Rep. Gary Banz, a Republican, at the state's Capitol in Oklahoma City last summer was among those advocating for a balanced budget amendment and pointing to a clause in Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution, which allows the states to sidestep Congress and draft their own constitutional amendments, as a way to do it. In order for this to happen 38 states would have to vote do join the effort. The Idaho Legislature is considering it. (Nick Oxford/The New York Times) NICK OXFORD

Someone in Idaho must stand up to thwart constitutional convention

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