Last updated: October 31. 2013 12:40PM - 476 Views
ALEX FELSER The Columbus Dispatch



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COLUMBUS — The state Senate voted Wednesday to call for a national convention to add a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


“We can look to different directions for what the problem is, but the impact needs us to look no farther than our children and grandchildren,” said Senate President Keith Faber, who sponsored the measure. “This resolution takes a step in the right direction to solve this problem.”


The Celina Republican said the resolution comes in response to the “dysfunctional” government in Washington that has allowed the national debt to surpass $16 trillion.


State Sen. Tom Sawyer, D-Akron, spoke at length against the proposal, but only two senators joined him to oppose it.


To hold a constitutional convention, 34 states would need to call for one. Then that convention would need to produce an amendment requiring the federal government to balance budgets, and 38 states would need to ratify it to add it to the U.S. Constitution.


Also Wednesday, the Senate:


• Passed a resolution urging the National Park Service to put three Ohio sites on the United States World Heritage list: the Fort Ancient Earthworks, Newark Earthworks and Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.


“This will bring international acclaim and economical benefits and gains to Ohio,” said Sen. Tim Schaffer, R-Lancaster.


• Unanimously passed Senate Bill 201, authorizing the transfer of land in Worthington from Ohio State University to Step By Step Academy, a nonprofit treatment center for children with autism spectrum disorders.


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