Article V of the U.S. Constitution requires Congress call a constitutional convention when two-thirds of state legislatures request one. Senate Joint Resolution 18, which now goes to the House, formalizes Indiana's request.
Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, sponsored the resolution. He said a convention is needed to re-balance the powers of the federal government with the rights of the states.
"States' rights are in danger of disappearing altogether, and we have it within our power to stop it from happening with a process that is legal, that is constitutional and that, if done correctly, will be effective," Long said.