MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to request a convention to change the U.S. Constitution.

The chamber is set to vote Wednesday on a resolution demanding a convention of states to add a balanced budget requirement to the document.

Wisconsin would be the 28th of 34 states needed to force a convention if the resolution passes both the Assembly and Senate.

Critics worry a convention could lead to wild constitutional revisions. The Assembly is set to pass a separate measure Wednesday that would require the state’s convention delegation to abide by rules the Assembly of State Legislatures drew up last year for a potential convention.

The chamber also is expected to pass a bill that would allow delegates to dismiss colleagues who work for anything other than a balanced budget amendment.


This story has been updated to correct the number of states that have requested a convention.