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A BILL TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR CALLING CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS FOR PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, ON APPLICATION OF THE LEGISLATURES OF TWO-THIRDS OF THE STATES, PUR

SUANT TO ARTICLE V OF THE CONSTITUTION

OCTOBER 30 AND 31, 1967

Printed for the use of the Committee on the Judiciary

U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1968

88-138

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COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY

JAMES O. EASTLAND, Mississippi, Chairman JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas

EVERETT MCKINLEY DIRKSEN, Illinois SAM J. ERVIN, JR., North Carolina

ROMAN L. HRUSKA, Nebraska THOMAS J. DODD, Connecticut

HIRAM L. FONG, Hawaii PHILIP A. HART, Michigan

HUGH SCOTT, Pennsylvania EDWARD V. LONG, Missouri

STROM THURMOND, South Carolina EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts BIRCH BAYH, Indiana QUENTIN N. BURDICK, North Dakota JOSEPH D. TYDINGS, Maryland GEORGE A. SMATHERS, Florida

SUBCOMMITTEE ON SEPARATION OF POWERS

SAM J. ERVIN, JR., North Carolina, Chairman JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas

EVERETT MCKINLEY DIRKSEN, Illinois QUENTIN N. BURDICK, North Dakota ROMAN L. HRUSKA, Nebraska

PAUL L. WOODARD, Chief Counsel and Staf Director
PHILIP B. KURLAND, Chief Consultant
LAWRENCE J. BRADY, Minority Counsel

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Hearings days:

Monday, October 30, 1967..

Tuesday, October 31, 1967-

Opening statements:

Dirksen, Hon. Everett McKinley, a U.S. Senator from the State of

Illinois

Ervin, Hon. Sam J., Jr., a U.S. Senator from the State of North

Carolina, chairman, Subcommittee on Separation of Powers--

Hruska, Hon. Roman L., a U.S. Senator from the State of Nebraska-

Testimony:

Bickel, Alexander M., Chancellor Kent professor of law and legal

history, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.--

Mendelson, Wallace, professor of government, University of Texas,

Austin, Tex ---

Proxmire, Hon. William, a U.S. Senator from the State of Wisconsin.

Sorenson, Theodore C., attorney at law, New York City, N.Y.-

Appendix to statement-

Additional statements:

Bickel, Alexander M., letter of October 2, 1967, to Prof. Phillip

Kurland on S. 2307..
Dirksen, Hon. Everett McKinley, a U.S. Senator from the State of

Illinois, statement to the Senate of April 19, 1967, on “Validity of

Constitutional Convention Petitions Regarding Reapportionment.”-
Hruska, Hon. Roman L., a U.S. Senator from the State of Nebraska,

statement to the Senate of May 10, 1967, on "The Reapportionment

Crisis”
Kurland, Philip B., memorandum to Senator Ervin on S. 2307-
McCloskey, Robert G., memorandum on S. 2307--
Tydings, Hon. Joseph D., a U.S. Senator from the State of Maryland,

statement to the Senate of April 19, 1967, on “Validity of Consti-

tutional Convention Petitions Regarding Reapportionment”.

Documents:

Constitution of the United States, article V..

S. 2307---

Federalist Paper No. 43 (Madison).

Federalist Paper No. 85 (Hamilton)..

Farrand, “The Records of the Federal Convention”, 3 ed. excerpts

pertaining to Article V...

Articles:

American Enterprise Institute “A Convention to Amend the Constitu-

tion: Questions Involved in Calling a Convention upon Applications

by State Legislatures.” Analysis No. 5 (June 16, 1967) --

Black, Charles L., Jr., “The Proposed Amendment of Article V: A

Threatened Disaster,” 72 Yale L.J. 957 (1963) -

Bonfield, Arthur Earl, “Proposing Constitutional Amendments by

Convention: Some Problems,” 39 Notre Dame L. 659 (1964) -

Corwin, Edward S., and Ramsey, May Louise, “The Constitutional

Amendment,” 26 Notre Dame L. 185 (1951) ---

Small, Norman J., “Procedures for Amending the United States

Constitution,” Library of Congress, Legislative Reference Service,

American Law Division (1965) -

Cases:

Coleman v. Miller, 307 U.S. 433 (1939).

Dillon v. Gloss, 256 U.S. 368 (1921) -

Fortson v. Toombs, U.S. 621 (1965)

Hawke v. Smith, No. 1, 253 U.S. 221 (1920) -

Hollingsworth v. Virginia, 3 U.S. (3 Dall.) 378 (1798)

Leser v. Garnett, 258 U.S. 130 (1922)---

Bibliography:

Library of Congress, Selected References..

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