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Mo. Panel Approves Bill for Filling Vacancies

Posted: Jan 15, 2013 2:46 PM by Associated Press

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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri House committee has endorsed legislation that would establish a new process for filling vacancies in statewide elected offices.

The proposal would allow the governor to appoint an acting officeholder who would serve until an election can be held. The appointee would be barred from running immediately for the office.

The House Election Committee approved the measure Tuesday with one dissenting Democratic vote.

Under current law, midterm vacancies for attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor and the U.S. Senate can be filled by gubernatorial appointment.

But opinions differ on how to fill a vacancy in the lieutenant governor's office.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is seeking the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who is leaving Congress next month. Kinder just started his third term.

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