Mo. Senate Endorses Bill to Curb Governor's Power
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri senators have given first-round approval to legislation aimed at curbing the governor's executive powers to call special elections and fill positions in state government.
The Republican-controlled chamber began pushing for the legislation over concerns that Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon was trying to circumvent the Senate confirmation process.
Currently, two state agencies are led by temporary leaders. Permanent department directors chosen by the governor require Senate confirmation while acting leaders don't.
The legislation would also force the governor to call a special election to fill vacant House and Senate seats within 30 days of a vacancy. There are four vacant seats currently in the Legislature.
The measure needs one more vote before moving to the House. It was the first bill debated by the Senate this year.