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What are two ways of proposing an amendment to the Constitution?

There are two methods: 1. A specific amendment is written and proposed by 2/3 of the Congress. Then the proposed amendment is sent for ratification to either the state legislatures or state ratifying conventions. Congress decides whether state legislatures or state ratifying conventions are to be used. For the proposed amendment to become effective 3/4 of the legislatures or conventions must ratify it. 2. A convention for proposing amendments is called for by Congress on application by 2/3 of the states for such a convention. Specific amendments are written by the convention and sent to the states for ratification. Even if the proposed amendments come from a convention rather than from Congress, it is Congress which decides whether ratification is to be by state legislatures or state ratifying conventions. Again, for the proposed amendments to become effective, 3/4 of the legislatures or conventions must ratify the proposed amendments. To date the first method, proposal by Congress itself, is the only method by which amendments have been proposed. None of the existing amendments have been proposed by a national convention. To date every amendment to the Constitution with the exception of the Twenty First Amendment (Repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment), has been ratified by state legislatures. The Twenty First Amendment is the only current amendment that has been ratified by state ratifying conventions.

Why were senators originally chosen by state legislators?

Senators were to be chosen by state legislatures, because many of the Framers of the US Constitution did not trust the general populace of the country to vote for the right men to be Senators. Once the decision to have two houses of Congress in the form of a Senate and House of Representatives had been made, the idea was that the Senate would be the wiser, more responsible of the two Houses. The Senate was seen in much the same way as the British House of Lords is in comparison to the British House of Commons. The Framers debated four methods of choosing the Senators: by the House of Rpresentatives; by the national executive (President); by the state legislatures; or by the general public. They settled on the state legislatures because they felt each state's Senators should be chosen by the states themselves but that the Senate was too important to be left to the general public. In fact, several framers thought the general public was not much better than a mob.

What are both ways to propose and both ways to ratify an amendemnt to the Constitution?

First, an amendment may be proposed if two-thirds of both houses of Congress approve the amendment and agree to send it to the states. Second, an amendment can be proposed if Congress calls for a national convention at the request of two-thirds of all of the state legislatures. Ratification can occur in one of two ways. One method is for three-fourths of all state legislatures to ratify the amendment by a positive, or yes vote. The second method is through special conventions called in each state for the specific purpose of ratifying the proposed amendment.

Which branch of the Federal Government plays the largest role in the formal amendment process?

It is the Legislative Branch. The first method is for a bill to pass both houses of the legislature, by a two-thirds majority in each. Once the bill has passed both houses, it goes on to the states. This is the route taken by all current amendments. Because of some long outstanding amendments, such as the 27th, Congress will normally put a time limit (typically seven years) for the bill to be approved as an amendment (for example, see the 21st and 22nd). The second method prescribed is for a Constitutional Convention to be called by two-thirds of the legislatures of the States, and for that Convention to propose one or more amendments. These amendments are then sent to the states to be approved by three-fourths of the legislatures or conventions. This route has never been taken, and there is discussion in political science circles about just how such a convention would be convened, and what kind of changes it would bring about. Regardless of which of the two proposal routes is taken, the amendment must be ratified, or approved, by three-fourths of states. There are two ways to do this, too. The text of the amendment may specify whether the bill must be passed by the state legislatures or by a state convention. See the Ratification Convention Page for a discussion of the make up of a convention. Amendments are sent to the legislatures of the states by default. Only one amendment, the 21st, specified a convention. In any case, passage by the legislature or convention is by simple majority. The Constitution, then, spells out four paths for an amendment: * Proposal by convention of states, ratification by state conventions (never used) * Proposal by convention of states, ratification by state legislatures (never used) * Proposal by Congress, ratification by state conventions (used once) * Proposal by Congress, ratification by state legislatures (used all other times)

What is the Process necessary for amending the Constitution?

It proposes and passes amendments.

Related questions

Why did William Few want state legislatures to elect representatives to the national legislature?

William Few believed that having state legislatures elect representatives to the national legislature would help maintain a balance of power between the states and the federal government. He believed that state legislatures were more likely to choose representatives who would prioritize the interests of their respective states, rather than being influenced by national political parties or other external factors.

What state Is true of the state legislatures of South Carolina and Mississippi during reconstruction?

they had more african americans than any other state

Would it be possible for North Dakota and South Dakota to become one state if both state legislatures approved of such a merger?

Yes, it would be possible, though not likely, for North Dakota and South Dakota to become one state. However, it would take the approval of both state legislatures, along with approval by the US Congress.Article 4 of the US Constitution says:Section 3: New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.

Are you more likely to die in a car crash or plane crash?

Today as the roads are more crowded it is in a car that is more likely.

After the American revolution state legislatures were composed of?

Significantly more middle-class representatives and fewer wealthy members compared to before the war.

Which state is more likely to experience a blizzard?


How many legislators are there in each state?

The National Conference of State Legislators keep track of this and a lot more:

Which statement is true of the legislatures of South Carolina and Mississippi during reconstruction?

They had more african americans than any other states

Is the threat of war is more likely today than in the past?

The threat of war today remains significant due to geopolitical tensions, weapon proliferation, and unresolved conflicts. While global efforts have been made to prevent war, factors such as nationalism and power struggles continue to increase the risk of conflicts breaking out. Despite advancements in diplomacy and peacekeeping, the world is still facing numerous security challenges that could escalate into armed confrontations.

Is the threat of war more likely today than in the past?


How do you use the word today's?

Today's is a possessive, meaning "belonging to today." Today's news is better than yesterday's. Today's kids are more likely to cheat than their parents.

Has any US State outlawed gerrymandering?

No. Some have just found more effective ways to limit its application (such as judicial setting of the borders between districts as opposed to the state legislatures setting the borders between districts).