Who needs moot court when you've got moot government:
A state House committee approved a bill under which North Carolina would join Alaska, Georgia, Mississippi and North Dakota in an effort to amend the U.S. Constitution to control the national debt. Rep. Chris Millis (R-Hampstead) is pushing House Bill 366, where 38 states would call for a Constitutional convention to put forward a balanced budget amendment. The bill is scheduled to go to the House Appropriations Committee next.
Millis says that a compact will be binding on the state unless a future General Assembly votes to remove North Carolina from it.
That last part is simply not true, proving Millis either hasn't read the whole document or is severely deficient in reading comprehension:
Section 4. When fewer than three-fourths of the States are Member States, any Member State may withdraw from this Compact by enacting appropriate legislation, as determined by state law, and giving notice of such withdrawal to the Compact Administrator, if any, or otherwise to the chief executive officer of each other Member State. A withdrawal shall not affect the validity or applicability of the compact with respect to remaining Member States, provided that there remain at least two such States. However, once at least three-fourths of the States are Member States, then no Member State may withdraw from the Compact prior to its termination absent unanimous consent of all Member States.
Get that? We can only withdraw *before* it hits the magic 3/4 percentage. After that, we're locked in, even if only one state decides it doesn't want to terminate the Compact. And these people bitch about Federal "constraints"? No wonder Grover Norquist is in love with this idea. The only people that listen to him anymore are deficit fan-boys, but with this gambit, he could put 38 states under his thumb.