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BREAKING: As White House Fights Balanced Budget Amendment, States Begin the Ratification Process 

TALLAHASSEE, FL - As the new administration challenges the Balanced Budget Amendment in the judicial system, several states have begun the ratification process. 

Despite court challenges, three states have begun the ratification process, which only requires each states’ legislature’s approval. 38 states must ratify the amendment for it to be enacted into law. Florida, Wisconsin, and Michigan, under the leadership of their states’ respective Republican Party. 

Florida, whose legislature is controlled in both chambers by a Republican majority, is expected to ratify the amendment so far, but several moderates on both sides of the aisle could flip the vote in either chamber. The Wisconsin state legislature, controlled by the Republicans in the House and Democrats (by one seat) in the Senate, is also expected to ratify the amendment so far, with key fiscally conservative Democrats siding with the GOP. However, neither state is a for sure vote either way, and prominent anti- and pro-ratification politicians and officials have started lobbying both states.

Meanwhile, the amendment faces an uphill battle in Michigan. Michigan’s legislature is also divided. It’s House flipped narrowly Democrat on the coattails of the late President Christina Tillman, while it’s Senate remained under Republican control. Politicians from both parties in the state have expressed their skepticism of the amendment, and right now, members of both parties, though mostly Democrats, are likely to defeat the amendment in the state. Pro-BBA groups have begun lobbying the Republican Party and fiscally moderate Democrats, but they’ll need a lot of weight to push the amendment through. 

[OOC: Appeals for either side can be sent to me through PM on the boards. You can lobby any combination of the states, but you can only submit one appeal per state. Characters closer geographically or in leadership will have more weight in how their words will affect the final vote. Appeals are due on Sunday, Nov. 10th, at 11:59pm EST.]

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Associated Press BREAKING NEWS 

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BREAKING NEWS: Florida and Wisconsin Ratify the Balanced Budget Amendment as BBA Flounders in Michigan 

LANSING, MI - While the Balanced Budget Amendment is litigated in the court system, Florida and Wisconsin have both ratified the amendment, bringing it two states closer to becoming law. Michigan's legislature, meanwhile, failed to ratify the amendment. 

Final Votes: 

Florida Senate: Aye - 25, Nay - 15 

Florida House: Aye - 73, Nay - 47 

Wisconsin Senate: Aye - 18, Nay - 15

Wisconsin House: Aye - 70, Nay - 29 

Michigan Senate: Aye - 14, Nay - 24 

Michigan House: Aye - 41, Nay - 69

 

Christopher Drake

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Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Former Chief Administrator - Rounds 4 & 5, Evil Arch-Conservative, Frequent Republican Player

 

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Ratification Fight Continues: TX and OK Ratify the Balanced Budget Amendment; OH, PA, and GA Start Process 

AUSTIN, TX - As the fight to ratify the Balanced Budget Amendment heats up, two very red states, Texas and Oklahoma, have joined the roster of states that ratified the controversial Constitutional amendment. Meanwhile, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Georgia have all begun consideration of the amendment in their states' respective legislative chambers. 

Yesterday, the Texas state legislature finished the ratification process for the Balanced Budget Amendment, with it passing by a party-line vote. All Republicans voted aye, and all Democrats voted nay. Governor Greg Abbott applauded the move, saying that the amendment would,"restore fiscal responsibility and common sense to Washington, D.C." Texas was expected to ratify the amendment by most experts, given the state's fiscally conservative track record, along with the fact that it is less reliant on federal dollars than most other states are. 

Early this morning, the Oklahoma state legislature also approved a resolution ratifying the Balanced Budget Amendment--again, by a party-line vote. Political analysts also considered this largely expected. 

Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Georgia today began their own legislative processes to ratify the amendment, spearheaded by the states' Republicans. Ohio looks likely to ratify the amendment so far, thanks to an increasingly strong state GOP as well as urging from Ohio US Senator Dylan Macmillan, a Republican. Pennsylvania is dead even, with Senate Republicans conflicting with the Democrat-controlled House. Meanwhile, Georgia also leans toward ratification. 

Pro-ratification and anti-ratification groups have all begun meetings with lawmakers in the three states.

[OOC: Appeals for OH, PA, and GA are due next Wednesday, November 20, at 11:49pm EST.]

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