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US Senate Reform is a blog started by Timothy Villareal to promote an amendment to the U.S. Constitution for the purpose of modernizing the United States Senate.  The proposed amendment, originally drafted in 2000, is below.  He can be contacted at timothymvillareal@gmail.com

Proposed Constitutional Amendment for the Modernization of the United States Senate

Should one or more states relinquish the right, established under Articles I and V of this constitution, to two votes in the United States Senate in order that residents of such a state or states may choose a senator without respect to residency of a qualified candidate, as set forth by Article I, Section Three of this constitution, the Senate shall be henceforth comprised of senators representing states and senators representing U.S. citizens without respect to residence.

Should any state or states relinquish the right, established under Articles I and V of this constitution, to two votes in the United States Senate, such a state or states shall be deemed a state or states in the common interest. Vacated seats from a state or states that relinquish the right, established under Articles I and Article V of this constitution to two votes in the United States Senate, shall be filled by senators representing U.S. citizens without respect to residence and shall henceforth be deemed seats in the common interest.

The number of seats in the common interest shall be equal to the number of vacancies resulting from the number of states that relinquish the right, established in Articles I and V of this constitution, to two votes in the United States Senate.

Vacant seats in the common interest in the United States Senate shall be filled by qualified citizens of the United States, as set forth by Article I, Section Three of the constitution.

Residents of states that retain the right, established under Articles I and V of this constitution, are prohibited from voting for seats in the common interest in the United States Senate.

States in the common interest may reinstate their right to two senators established under Articles I and V at any time, however states reinstating their right to two senators may not seat a senator until the terms of senators representing states in the common interest have expired.

This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the total number of senators, which shall remain the product of two senators per state as established by this constitution.

The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this amendment.

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