ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Georgia lawmakers have passed State Resolution 736. That'll put pressure on Washington D.C. to fix a lot of its problems.
State Senator Cecil Staton says this resolution gives a voice to millions of Georgians regarding the federal government.
The goal of the resolution is to give more power back to the states through a Convention of States under Article Five of the US Constitution.
At the convention, state lawmakers would have the opportunity to amend the US Constitution. Staton says it will take a group effort and expects other states around the nation to join in the next year or two.
Georgia is the first state in the country to pass Article Five. 34 must pass similar resolutions to hold the convention.
"I think we are sending a message to Washington. Get your act together. Impose fiscal restraints. Cut out the reckless spending and borrowing that's led to the huge deficits that we see every year," Staton told 41NBC.
Even with Georgia passing the resolution, it might still take years for something to happen.
Staton says the next step is to send the approvals from both the House and the Senate to Washington.