Key findings from Constitutional Convention investigation

Key findings:

  • As few as 34 states are needed to convene a convention to edit the Constitution. By some counts, only seven more are needed to organize a meeting of delegates.
  • As legislative sessions start up for 2016, at least 10 states around the country have bills pending that call for a constitutional convention.
  • Presented as a grassroots effort, the push is led by national groups such as the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council that holds workshops and crafts model laws.
  • The movement has attracted the support of GOP presidential candidates. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Ohio Gov. John Kasich have endorsed the process.
  • The other side is attracting national players as well. The John Birch Society and the Eagle Forum have orchestrated legislative pushes of their own to combat calls for a constitutional convention.
  • State lawmakers introduced about 190 bills in 45 states last year about conventions on various topics. Bills passed in at least seven states.