Constitutional Challenge

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is joining the ranks of Republicans who are pushing for the first U.S. constitutional convention in more than 200 years.

Abbott on Friday called on Texas to take the lead in pushing for constitutional amendments that would give states power to ignore federal laws and override decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The idea isn’t new, and successfully assembling a constitutional convention is a longshot.

Doing so would require approval from 34 states, and over the past four decades, more than two dozen states have endorsed the idea at one time or another.

The proposal has also been floated on the 2016 campaign trail. Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio has said he will push for states to call a convention to impose congressional term limits.

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