Rewrite The Constitution? Several States Are Trying To
Even though there's a clause permitting a constitutional convention, one has not been held since the original convention in Philadelphia in 1787.
Since the Bill of Rights, there have been just 17 changes to the U.S. Constitution.
On Thursday, Tennessee’s House of Representatives voted 59-31 to call for a constitutional convention, becoming the fifth state in recent months where lawmakers have called for a major rewrite of the Constitution.
Formally, the vote is a resolution calling for a “convention of the states” to propose new amendments to the Constitution. They’re making use of a clause in Article V. That language gives states the power to call a constitutional convention — just like the one that took place in Philadelphia more than 200 years ago.