Efforts to enact the Compact for a Balanced Budget in Alabama fell short on Friday, June 5.
Senate Bill 414 failed to receive a final vote in the Alabama House of Representatives before its 2014–15 session ended. Legislators will have to be called back into a special session this summer to deal with a state budget shortfall of $200 million. Chances are very slim that the compact will be brought up during special session.
Alabama would have been the fifth state in the nation to enact a compact-driven approach for a balanced budget amendment. The state’s Senate approved the compact by a vote of 22 to 8 on May 28th.
Lawmakers in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, and Wyoming failed to enact the compact this session according to the “Article V Convention Legislative Progress Report.” Alaska, Georgia, Mississippi, and North Dakota have already enacted the legislation.
An Article V convention for a balanced budget amendment can be called if two-thirds of the state legislatures submit joint resolutions to Congress calling for such action.