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This resolution, along with H.J.Res.21
in the House, proposes to alter the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, such that state-wide elections, rather than gubernatorial appointments, would be required for filling vacancies in the Senate. Introduced by Sen. John McCain [R, AZ]
, Sen. Richard Durban [D, IL]
, the resolutions comes after the controversy surrounding the appointment of Sen. Roland Burris [D, IL]
by former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, as well as the high number of Senators appointed early in the year (four, which actually pales in comparison to the over a dozen appointed Senators in the 79th Congress).
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1/29/2009--Introduced.Constitutional Amendment - Provides that no person shall be a Senator from a state unless such person has been elected by the people thereof, and that when vacancies happen in the representation of any state in the Senate, the executive authority of such state shall i...Read the Rest