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lllinois Lawmakers Receive a Civics Lesson

lllinois Lawmakers Receive a Civics Lesson

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A Harvard law professor who is pushing a U. S. constitutional convention has told Illinois lawmakers there are built-in protections against extremes.

During a committee hearing, State Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) asked, “These delegates … can say, we think that the best way to address Citizens United is to get rid of the First Amendment – is that a possiblity that can come out of this convention?”

Lawrence Lessig agreed it’s possible, and then posed a question of his own: “Can you imagine 38 states ratifying that? And, I would suggest, it’s impossible to imagine that there wouldn’t be at least 13 of them that would stop that amendment.”

Lessig, already involved in a “Mayday PAC” he initiated on May 1 to change campaign finance, wants a new constitutional convention to take in possible amendments.

SJR 42 has passed the House Judiciary committee.

 

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