Senate South Carolina OKs Constitutional Assembly

Columbia, South Carolina (AP) — The Legislature approved a proposal to add South Carolina to the state list on Wednesday. Call for a tournament Propose specific amendments to the US Constitution.

All African-American senators voted against the proposal, saying the National Assembly was afraid that their ancestors could eradicate the protection they had to fight for more than two centuries. I did.

Nearly 20 states have passed similar steps. The US Constitution requires two-thirds of the states, or 34, to require a treaty.

27-13 votes by the South Carolina Senate suggestion Proponents said they would limit the treaty to a few items — spending checks on the federal government, limiting federal jurisdiction and power, and setting parliamentary term limits.

Two Republicans nervous about the treaty could pick up an amendment that could rule out the right to exercise armed forces with all Democrats except one who voted against the bill. there is.

Black Senator Ronnie Sabb had his own worries about the original and so far only Constitutional Assembly of 1787. The founder’s father did not ban slavery and declared the slaves that make up most African Americans that the Declaration of Independence 11 years ago was “all were created equally.”

“We’re back to the beginning when everyone wasn’t considered constitutionally,” said Sub, a Democrat of Greeleyville.

Sabb and other black lawmakers were concerned that the treaty could deprive the right of freedom of speech, the ban on slavery, and the guarantee of full citizenship and rights to those born in the country.

“Why are we going to endanger this experiment with democracy in the experiment at the convention?” Sub said.

South Carolina House Passed similar measures Last month 66-42. The Senate has made minor changes to the proposal, so it will return to the House of Representatives after the final full vote.

Proponents said any amendments proposed by the treaty must be passed by three-quarters of the state, 38 legislatures or special treaties.

Since the passage of the Bill of Rights in 1791, other methods of modifying the document have been used each time the Constitution was amended. Under Article 5 of the Constitution, additional amendments can be made by two-thirds of the votes of Parliament. Ratification by three-quarters of the state legislature.

Proponents of the convention said Congress would never agree to check its power by passing term and spending restrictions.

“Flamers considered it an important force they had given to the state,” said Republican Senator Chip Campsen on the Island of Palms. He said, “I don’t want to unilaterally disarm and abandon that power and never use it.”

On the first day of Tuesday’s debate, dozens of supporters wear red, white, and blue to fill the lobby of the State Capitol outside the Senate, cheering for the discussions they agreed on, and the tournament goes wild. I booed the suggestion that there is a possibility. There was one person who dressed like Uncle Sam.

Shortly before the vote late Wednesday afternoon, Marlon Kimpson proposed a change he said he knew he would fail and added compensation for slavery to the topic discussed.

Charleston’s Black Democrats should spend additional money and resources if his changes pass, such as supporting poor public schools and historic black colleges and providing secured loans to businesses in disadvantaged areas. I thought it was.

“I’m not talking about 40 acres and mules, but I’m not dismissing that idea,” Kimpson said.

Most white Democrats supported blacks and voted against the bill. Dick Harpootlian said it is dangerous to agree to the tournament without knowing who will be the representative and how many will attend.

The Democratic Party of Colombia has proposed shutting out minority groups and other non-powerful people.

“This Constitutional Assembly, which I’m afraid of, will be as white as it was in 1787 — maybe even whiter,” Halptrian said.


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