Franklin Center - States Seek to Preempt Debt Ceiling Debate

Momentum building for first ever state-initiated amendment to U.S. Constitution

The Pelican Post is reporting that Louisiana just joined North Dakota to pass an initiative for the first ever state-initiated amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The resolution for an anti-debt amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed the Senate 24 to 7 following the House’s overwhelming 73 to zero approval.

As a resolution, it does not require the governor’s signature, so Louisiana is now the second state, after North Dakota, to support the proposed National Debt Relief Amendment. It reads:

“An increase in the federal debt requires approval from a majority of the legislatures of the separate States.”

Read more about this at Pelican Post

The Pelican Institute has published research on the state-initiated amendments process, and the Pelican Post has run a commentary on the matter as well. is a collection of independent journalists covering state-specific and local government activity. is the national leading news website dedicated to providing news from the nation’s state capitols.  The news website networks with dozens of state-based news organizations to provide in depth coverage of state legislation, government & special interests, state budgets and political/campaign news. is an initiative of the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting new media journalism.