Rep. Nolan Moves to Amend US Constitution

By KBJR News 1

Rep. Nolan Moves to Amend US Constitution

February 12, 2013 Updated Feb 12, 2013 at 5:40 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- A Northland lawmaker is attempting to overturn a constitutional amendment that many believe significantly influences the election process.

US Rep. Rick Nolan has introduced legislation declaring that corporations should not have the same first amendment rights as individuals, as ruled by the Supreme Court decision in "Citizens United" versus the Federal Election Commission.

"It's a very difficult process to amend the constitution."

But Nolan has vowed to try.

"It's just not going to pass with two-thirds majority in either house and there is no chance three-fourths of the states would pass it," said Duluth lawyer Richard Holmstrom.

But it attempt stands as a possible rallying cry to his supporters in the 8th District.

"I think it's helping him connect with his base, the people in the DFL that supported him and helped him get elected," said University of Minnesota-Duluth Political Science professor Tony Hill.

Perhaps, however, an exercise in futility.

Three quarters of all states must sign off on the proposed amendment for it to be ratified, after two-thirds of the U-S house and Senate have approved the legislation.

A constitutional convention can also be called by two-thirds of state legislatures to amend the constitution, but that has never happened.