- Associated Press - Thursday, March 12, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The state Senate has approved a call for a convention to add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

In a split voice vote Thursday, senators passed a resolution calling for the first constitutional convention since 1787.

Thirty-four states need to pass resolutions to hold a convention.

To approve an amendment, 38 states would need to ratify it.

Opponents warn a convention could result in unrestrained attempts to rewrite the Constitution.

Proponents think the convention can be limited. They say 25 states have cleared resolutions for a convention on the balanced-budget issue.

The progressive Center on Budget Policy and Priorities says some states have rescinded resolutions, but, ultimately, it’s up to Congress to say if the 34-state mark is met.

The resolution heads to the House of Delegates.

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