Government Administration and Elections Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SJ-33

Title:

RESOLUTION PETITIONING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO CONVENE AN ARTICLE V CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION TO OVERTURN THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT'S DECISION IN CITIZENS UNITED V. FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION.

Vote Date:

3/11/2016

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/29/2016

File No.:

389

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Government Administration and Elections Committee

Co-Sponsors:

Rep. Ed Jutila, 37th Dist.

Rep. Roland J. Lemar, 96th Dist.

Rep. Steven Stafstrom, 129th Dist.

Sen. Steve Cassano, 4th Dist.

REASONS FOR BILL:

This bill will appeal to Congress to organize an Article Five Constitutional Convention, of limited scope, to address concerns raised by and overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and related cases.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None Expressed

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Michael Monetta, National Coordinator, Wolf-PAC: Mr. Monetta works with volunteers currently in 40 states to pass resolutions at the state level calling for an amendment convention to restore free and fair elections. Every generation of Americans has amended the Constitution and feels his generation is the one to do so by standing up and fighting for fair and free elections in America.

Additional Testimony

Testimony was offered by the following people in support of S J-33

Christine Piazza, Bethlehem

Susan Piazza, Bethlehem

Trevor Hernandez, New Haven

Sara-Rivka Bass, Stamford

Rev. Erick Olsen, Pastor, Norfolk

Patrick Thomsen, Manchester

Michael Schramm, West Hartford

Kathryn Bessen-Johnson, New Haven

Julian Larson, New Haven

John Hicks, Stamford

Jocelyn Barna, student, University of New Haven, West Haven

Jamarr Farmer, New Haven

Frederick Maxwell Breslow, Stamford

Eben Stewart, Hamden

Eamon Linehan, New Haven

Connor Riley, student

Ben Martin, Wallingford

Abby Feldman, New Haven

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Tom Swan, Executive Director, Connecticut Citizen Action Group, (CCAG):

Tom Swans analogy regarding the SJ-33 Resolution calling for an Article V Constitutional Convention is potentially like using a nuclear bomb to get rid of a mosquito. He is opposed to this resolution.

Martin Mador, volunteer Legislative Chair, CT Chapter, Sierra Club: Mr. Mador opposes this resolution very strongly and coincides with Common Cause.

Gloria Bent, President LWVof Connecticut: The League appreciates the intent of the resolution to undo the disastrous impact of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. They believe the complete lack of recognized actions for Article V Constitutional Convention makes this a dangerous course of action with a very high risk of unplanned significances.

Cheri Quickmire, Executive Director, Common Cause in Connecticut: Common Cause in Connecticut strongly opposes an Article V Constitutional Convention even as we strongly support a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United.

Reported by: Carolyn Gaetano

Date: March 30, 2016