- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota is petitioning to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget.

The state Senate approved a Republican joint resolution largely along party lines this week that petitions Congress to call a convention of states to propose a constitutional amendment. The amendment would require Congress to pass a balanced fiscal year budget unless a national emergency occurs.

At least two dozen other states have passed similar resolutions. Two-thirds of all states would need to petition Congress before a convention could be called to propose the amendment.

The resolution passed 29-17 in the Senate on Tuesday and 72-20 in the House last month.

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