RC’s Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Many years have passed since the Constitution has been adjusted to reflect changes in our society. And this is as it should be because too many changes indicates instability. However, as a result of technology changes and abuse of the legal system, it is necessary to adjust the Constitution or to write laws that clearly spell out safeguards for our Republic and its citizens. Here are some ideas for change:

Amendment 28: The people of the United States hereby declare their inalienable right to personal privacy and do hereby require warrants of probable cause by any government agency for:
1. the interception of, collection of, or analysis of personal communications.
2. the surveillance or identification of individual persons in public places.

Amendment 29: The people of the United States hereby declare their inalienable right to privacy in conducting their personal affairs and do hereby assert that ownership of personal information resides with the person. Information collected by governments, organizations or businesses, as a result of their public or private interactions with that person , shall not be distributed, stored, bought, or sold without permission; or without a warrant of probable cause; or except in those instances related to property ownership, business ownership, and criminal records.

Amendment 30: The people of the United States hereby declare that government and private electronic surveillance of open public spaces shall be posted. Such posting shall be visible to the public and all electronic surveillance of public spaces shall be made available in real time by electronic means to all persons.

Amendment 31:  Amendment # 17 is hereby repealed.
The people of the United States hereby declare that the Senate of the United States shall be composed of three Senators from each State, two  will be elected by the people thereof, for six years; and one will be appointed by the chief executive of the State for a 4 year term. Each Senator shall have one vote.
For Senators elected in each State 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.

Amendment 32: No federal sales tax or commerce transaction tax may be permitted or collected within the states of the Union.

Amendment 33: The people of the United States hereby declare that the seeking of reparations shall not be approved for events or conditions that were not illegal in the time period in which they occurred, when a period of 100 years has passed since that event or condition .

Amendment 34: No senator or congressmen may cast their vote on any legislation unless and until they attest to reading the legislation and have taken a proficiency test to demonstrate they know the content of the legislation.

Amendment 35: The people of the United States hereby declare that Congress may not pass new legislation that has not been previewed by the Supreme Court or its designated authority. The Supreme Court or designated body shall have 30 days to develop a Constitutional Impact Statement prior to a full vote in the Senate or the House of Representatives. The legislation shall not be amended or changed during the review period.  The Constitutional Impact Statement, will be signed as affirming or denying the constitutionality of the legislation, or elements of it, by each Justice, and it shall accompany any legislation submitted to Congress for a vote and it shall accompany the bill submitted to the Executive Branch for signature.

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