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Maryland Lawmakers Nullify Constitutional Convention Calls

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- The Maryland General Assembly has voted to nullify four previous calls to the U.S. Congress to hold a constitutional convention.
    
The House voted 93-47 on Tuesday for a Senate resolution.
    
Maryland's legislature has approved four calls for a convention since the 1930s to amend the constitution. The last one in the 1970s called for an amendment that requires a federal balanced budget.
    
Supporters of nullifying the state's previous calls are mostly Democrats, who are concerned about what could happen if a constitutional convention occurred during President Donald Trump's administration.
    
It was part of a package of initiatives Maryland Democrats outlined in January due to worries the Democrat-led legislature has about the Trump administration.
    
Unlike legislation, the resolution does not need approval by Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican.

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