The Maryland Senate offered a “preliminary approval” of a joint resolution between the House and Senate calling for an Article V Convention.

The resolution had several amendments proposed by Republicans, all of which failed, but the resolution has plenty of votes to ultimately pass the chamber. It still needs to pass out of the House by Monday the 13th in order for it to go into effect.

Maryland, controlled by Democrats, is seeking to have a convention to address the Citizens United case dealing with political contributions. This is contrary to 35 other states who have filed resolutions for the purposes of addressing a balanced budget amendment via an Article V Convention.

The last Constitutional convention was in 1787 because 2/3 of the state legislatures must approve applications to urge Congress to call for one.