INDIANAPOLIS - One hundred legislators from 33 states converged upon Indianapolis on Thursday to devise a framework that hasn't been used in more than 200 years: a constitutional convention.
Among those attending the gathering, many are hopeful that it could be a game changer – if it works.
"Are we going to be the people who deal with the issues at the federal government level, or are we gonna put that off until a real crisis occurs," said Rep. Matt Huffman (R-Ohio).
That's the challenge before the delegates who are deciding the ground rules for the first-ever constitutional amendment convention. Such a convention would give states the chance to bypass Congress and agree to call for an amendment.
What issue do attendees say is at the forefront?
"There is a tsunami of debt, unsustainable debt, raining down on our kids and grandkids," said Indiana State Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne). "No generation in American history has done that to the next generation. Right now, Washington seems very broken."
That's the opinion of Long, a key leader in the movement which has drawn primarily upon Republicans for support.
"It is bipartisan, although it is overwhelmingly one party right now," said Indiana State Senator Jim Arnold (D-LaPorte). "We hope to get key blue states like California and New York and get them involved, because we need them as well."
The U.S. Constitution allows states to propose amendments if representatives from 34 states meet and agree upon them. Then, an amendment must be ratified by three-fourths of the states, or 38, before becoming a part of the Constitution.
Making this happen would be monumental, supporters said.
"All of us are getting people or e-mails saying, 'You're crazy. What are you doing?'," said Wisconsin State Rep. Chris Kapenga (R). "A leader is someone who takes action until they hit a red light. A follower is someone who takes action only if they get a green light."
The group is set to meet again in December, though the exact location has not been determined.
What's so different about Indiana's RFRA?
Indiana faces potentially the worst public relations crisis in its history over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – a piece of…
Chicago mayor coaxes anti-RFRA bus. to leave Ind
In the continued fallout of the Religious Freedom Reformation Act, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a power move Monday aimed at persuading…
3,000 Hoosier tax returns targeted
Security features first used in 2014 continue to pay off for Hoosier taxpayers this tax season.
GOP lawmakers work to clarify RFRA
Just one day after Gov. Mike Pence defended the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on the national stage, Indiana Republicans say they're…
Firefighters battle blaze inside Zionsville home
ZIONSVILLE -- Residents in one Boone County neighborhood were on alert early Monday after a fire sparked in a home near Interstate 865.