A state committee is scheduled to vote today (Thursday) on whether to seek the first U-S constitutional convention in history. The Senate’s constitution and federalism panel will decide whether Wisconsin should become the 30th state to call for a gathering that Republicans say would propose an amendment requiring a balanced federal budget. Congress has traditionally submitted amendments that must be ratified by at least 38 states. But State Senate Republican Chris Kapenga of Delafield says a convention is needed because Congress refuses to put its fiscal house in order, and 34 states would have to call for the gathering. Democrats say it could open the door to amendments that limit people’s rights.