Columbus - 
State Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) announced today he has introduced a resolution that seeks to begin the process to amend the United States Constitution to include a balanced budget amendment. The proposed amendment would require the President to submit only balanced budgets to Congress - except in times of war - grant the President the power of a line-item veto and change the federal budgeting process to be on a biennial basis. "Gridlock in Washington is preventing us from doing the right thing," Senator Coley said. "I for one want to be a part of the solution. Ohio wants to be part of the solution." The resolution, pursuant to Article V of the U.S. Constitution, would need concurrence from two-thirds of state legislatures in order for a convention to be held. Any amendment resulting from a convention would then need to be ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures in order to become binding. "The founders gave us a number of different ways to amend the Constitution. I think it's important that we explore all of our options in order to restore fiscal sanity back to Washington," Coley said. By law, the State of Ohio is required to have a balanced budget.
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