"... and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate." -Article V
United States Constitution, Article I, Section 3
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, chosen by the legislature thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote.
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislatures.
When vacancies happen in the representation of any state in the Senate, the executive authority of such state shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, that the legislature of any state may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.
This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.
At the present time, there are no checks and balances available to the states over federal power or over Congress itself in any area. However, in the history of our country, it was not always this way.
A Case for Repeal
Since the passing of the 17th Amendment in 1913, the Federal Government has exploded out of control, usurping the rightful power of State Governments to govern the people.
Links & Information
Amendment text and Findlaw annotations
Official web site of the US Senate
Organizations and People for the Repeal of the 17th Amendment
50 State Legislatures Have the Power to Take Back Washington
Repeal the 17th Amendment and return the power of electing U.S. senators to state legislatures
Don't Just Keep the Electoral College, Repeal the 17th Amendment
Guest Column - Scrap 17th Amendment
John Dean, a FindLaw columnist, is a former Counsel to the President of the United States
Efforts for Repeal
Bill LC1071 Urge Congressional repeal of 17th Amendment. Passed the Judiciary Committee 6-3. Failed to on 2/19/03 senate vote by 9-39
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION MAKING APPLICATION TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO PROPOSE AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES TO REPEAL THE SEVENTEENTH AMENDMENT. STATUS
Resolution on Restoring Balance by Repealing the 17th Amendment
A Re-Establishment of the Republican Form of Government in New Mexico
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