New York State Petition

NEW YORK STATE
PETITION

to the Senate and Assembly of the State of New York for a Joint Resolution Applying to Congress for an ARTICLE V CONVENTION TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES TO Overturn Citizens United, End Corporate Personhood, and Allow for Real Campaign Finance Reform

WHEREAS

    1. the Supreme Court of the United States in Ward v. Rock Against Racism, (1989) 491 U.S. 781, among many other cases, has long acknowledged that reasonable content neutral limitations can be placed on the time, place, and manner of speech for an important governmental interest; and
    2. the Supreme Court of the United States in Buckley v. Valeo (1976) 4242 U.S. 1, wrongly ruled spending money to influence elections is speech protected by the Constitution, rather than a tool used to affect speech in an amplified manner in a sensitive time and place subject to reasonable restrictions; and
    3. corporations are fictitious entities created by State law to shield Natural Persons from liability for their business risks and therefore they may be limited or eliminated if the legislature sees fit; and
    4. by law, corporations must be separate entities distinct from their shareholders and must by law strive solely for profit without regard to other considerations that influence the votes of Natural Persons; and
    5. only Natural Persons and not corporations, unions, partnerships, or other business organizations or conglomerates have the right to vote in State and Federal elections; and
    6. The United States Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) 558 U.S. 50 wrongly held that the government may not, under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, limit the political speech, including spending, of a corporation; and
    7. the United States Supreme Court in American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock (2012) No. 11–1179 affirmed without argument that the ruling of Citizens United applies to the States regardless of any facts that demonstrate an important government interest in reasonable limits on the time, place, and manner of the use of money to amplify speech near an election; and
    8. the past and modern history of independent expenditures belies the opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States, demonstrating that such expenditures do corrupt or create the appearance of corruption and that limiting such expenditures is not only an important government interest but necessary for the functions of a healthy democratic republic; and
    9. an Amendment to the United States Constitution is necessary to overrule the Supreme Court of the United States; and
    10. Article V of the United States Constitution permits Congress to propose an Amendment to the United States Constitution with at least a two thirds (2/3) majority in United States Senate and in the United States House of Representatives; and
    11. the nature and structure of Congress together with the influence of independent expenditures on Congressional elections makes it impractical to rely on Congress to propose a viable Amendment to the United States Constitution that will appropriately address the aforementioned concerns; and
    12. Article V of the United States Constitution further requires the United States Congress to call a Constitutional Convention upon application of two-thirds (2/3) of the legislatures of the several states for the purpose of proposing amendments to the United States Constitution; and
    13. Alexander Hamilton, the New York State Delegate to the Constitutional Convention, stated that the independence of Article V Convention Delegates, called, like the Electoral College, for a singular purpose without fear of reelection campaigns, together with the high bar of ratification by three fourths (3/4) of the Several States provides for protection from corruption that is “one of those rare instances in which a political truth can be brought to the test of a mathematical demonstration” (Federalist 85); now,

WE THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK CALL UPON YOU, THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, TO ADOPT A JOINT RESOLUTION AS FOLLOWS:

RESOLVED by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of New York, jointly, That the Legislature of the State of New York hereby applies to the United States Congress to call a constitutional convention pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution for the sole purpose of proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution that would limit corporate personhood and would further declare that money does not constitute speech and may be democratically limited; and be it further

RESOLVED, That this constitutes a continuing application to call a constitutional convention pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution until at least two-thirds of the legislatures of the several states apply to the United States Congress to call a constitutional convention for the sole purpose of proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution that would limit corporate personhood and would further declare that money does not constitute speech and may be democratically limited or substantially similar purpose; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United States, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, the Minority Leader of the United States Senate, and to each Senator and Representative from New York in the Congress of the United States.

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