H.J.Res.108 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to allow the limitation of contributions and expenditures respecting elections.105th Congress (1997-1998)
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|Sponsor:||Rep. Moran, James P. [D-VA-8] (Introduced 02/03/1998)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||02/06/1998 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (02/03/1998)
[Congressional Bills 105th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.J. Res. 108 Introduced in House (IH)] 105th CONGRESS 2d Session H. J. RES. 108 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to allow the limitation of contributions and expenditures respecting elections. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES February 3, 1998 Mr. Moran of Virginia (for himself and Mr. LaTourette) introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary _______________________________________________________________________ JOINT RESOLUTION Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to allow the limitation of contributions and expenditures respecting elections. Whereas the Congress seeks to ensure that all citizens, regardless of wealth, have an equal voice in elections and an equal opportunity to run for public office; Whereas the Congress seeks to further the principle of ``one person, one vote'' and to preserve the integrity of the democratic system; Whereas the Congress seeks to limit corruption with respect to elections and the appearance of such corruption; and Whereas the Congress believes that the unlimited use of money to influence elections is incompatible with the principles of free speech and equal protection established under the first and fourteenth amendments of the Constitution: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification: ``Article -- ``Section 1. The Congress shall have the power to set limits on contributions and expenditures respecting any Federal election or ballot measure. ``Sec. 2. Each State shall have the power to set limits on contributions and expenditures respecting all non-Federal elections and ballot measures in that State. For the purposes of this section the term `State' means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, and any commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States.''. <all>