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Article 5 of the US Constitution - Constitutional Amendments
Article 5: Meaning of the Words of the Amendment
"The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution..."
Meaning: The Constitution can be changed
"...or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments..."
Meaning: When two thirds of both houses of Congress find it necessary to make an amendment to the Constitution (change or addition), they will document the amendment and send a copy to each of the states. The states may call special conventions to discuss the amendment to the Constitution and vote on it.
"...which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States... "
Meaning: If three fourths of the states agree, then the amendment will become part of the Constitution."...or by Conventions in three fourths thereof as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress..."
Meaning: Another way to amend the Constitution is when two thirds of the states’ legislatures ask Congress to set up a convention for suggesting amendments. Any amendment made by the convention must then be approved by three fourths of all of the states.
"...Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article..."
Meaning: One exception to this that there may not be an amendment before 1808 to change Article I, Section 9, Clauses 1 and 4 of the Constitution.
Article 1, Section 9, Clause 1 relates to Congress not interfering with early laws relating to slavery.
Article 1, Section 9, Clause 4 relates to taxes in proportion to numbers of people in a state - it was changed by the 16th Amendment
"...and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.."Meaning: No state may lose the right to have an equal number of votes in the Senate
Meaning of the Words of the Fifth Article of the Constitution
Article 5 of the US Constitution including amendments
Text of Article 5 of the US Constitution
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