H.J.Res.29 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing that the rights extended by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only.113th Congress (2013-2014)
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|Sponsor:||Rep. Nolan, Richard M. [D-MN-8] (Introduced 02/14/2013)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||02/28/2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution And Civil Justice. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.J.Res.29 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (02/14/2013)
Constitutional Amendment - Declares that: (1) the rights protected by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only; (2) artificial entities (such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities established by the laws of any state, the United States, or any foreign state) shall have no rights under the Constitution and are subject to regulation by the people, through federal, state, or local law; and (3) the privileges of such artificial entities shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.
Directs federal, state and local government to: (1) regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate's own contributions and expenditures, for the purpose of influencing the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure; and (2) require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed. Prohibits the judiciary from construing the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.
Prohibits this amendment from being construed to abridge the freedom of the press.