Rhode Island House approves ceremonial ratification of 17th Amendment

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June 27, 2013

Rhode Island

By Justin Haas

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: The Rhode Island House of Representatives approved a resolution to ceremonially ratify the 17th amendment to the United States Constitution on Wednesday. The amendment became law more than 100 years ago, but Rhode Island, along with 10 other states, did not ratify the amendment in 1913.[1]

The amendment took the power of electing senators away from state legislatures and gave that power to the public through the popular vote.[1]

The resolution was approved by the House and will now head to the Senate.[1]

House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R) argued that the amendment contributed to the growth of the federal government at the expense of the states and urged fellow lawmakers to vote it down. Rep. Christopher Blazejewski (D) countered, saying that Newberry's arguments made "no sense at all."[1]

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