Kentucky Lawmakers Limit Gov’s Power To Fill Senate Vacancies, Successors Must Now Be From Same Party

The Hill reports:

The Kentucky legislature has passed a bill that would require a governor to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat with a member of the departed senator’s party in a move sure to spark the political rumor mill around Frankfort.

The bill would require a sitting governor to choose a replacement for a vacant Senate seat from a list of three candidates chosen by the top leadership of the former senator’s political party.

Both houses of Kentucky’s legislature is controlled by Republican supermajorities. They likely have the votes to override a veto that Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, could issue.

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