Bills heeding Gov. Greg Abbott's calls for a "convention of states" to amend the U.S. Constitution have begun making their way through the Texas Legislature.
Abbott has long backed legislatures nationwide convening a convention to impose a federal balanced budget amendment. He made it an "emergency item," fast-tracking proposals on the issue.
A proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution allowing for such a convention was introduced Thursday in the Senate State Affairs Committee. Some conservative Texans testified to applaud the idea, despite the GOP now controlling Congress and the White House.
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But others opposed it, worried about a "runaway" convention where liberal states could weaken things like the Second Amendment.
The proposed amendment passed committee hours later, but faces an uncertain future before the full Texas Senate and House.