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      Lawmakers look to make history with balanced budget resolutions

      L awmakers want to bring the states together to draft an amendment in the U.S. Constitution to force Congress to pass a balanced budget.

      A s you might know , M ichigan became the 23rd state to pass a resolution urging a convention of the states.

      L awmakers want to bring the states together to draft an amendment in the U.S. Constitution to force Congress to pass a balanced budget.

      B ut how close are we to a convention becoming a reality?

      I t's spelled out clearly under Article V of the Constitution.

      W ith two thirds vote from the states , a convention can be called to propose amendments.

      "I t's incumbent upon the states to step forward and give us the tool that the founders gave us in the Constitution to be a check and a balance on the federal government," Rep. Ray Franz, 101st District said.

      B ut for a convention to happen , a total of 34 states must submit a resolution.

      S ome say that number has already been met through states voting years ago.

      "T hat's if you count the 12 states that had previously rescinded from late 70s and early 80s ," Franz said.

      M eaning states that passed a resolution to balance the federal budget in those decades withdrew those resolutions . W hat is unclear is if the states had the right to do that.

      "W e are doing those responsible budgeting we are paying down our long-term debt the federal government should do the same thing ," Gov. Rick Snyder said.

      G overnor Snyder and other lawmakers think the federal government should learn a lesson from Michigan.

      "T hey're all doable things , but they require some sacrifice they require hard work but isn't the benefit of all to do this ," Snyder said.

      A constitutional convention hasn't been held since the Constitution was written, but it could happen again if 11 states join the effort.