- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation calling for a convention to consider amending the U.S. Constitution.

The House voted 56-42 Tuesday against legislation calling on Congress to convene a constitutional convention to consider amendments to restrict the federal government’s power, impose fiscal restraints on federal government spending and require term limits for members of Congress.

The measure’s House author, Republican Rep. Jon Echols of Oklahoma City, held the measure over for possible reconsideration of the vote.

About 30 states that have petitioned Congress for a constitutional convention to consider amendments. The constitution requires two-thirds of the 50 states, or 34, request a convention.

Opponents expressed concern that officials chosen to re-draft the federal constitution might try to limit individual freedoms it now guarantees.

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Online:

Senate Joint Resolution 4: https://bit.ly/1ADbeMK

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