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Kentucky bill curbs governor's choice to fill Senate vacancy

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Posted at 5:03 PM, Mar 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-30 17:03:13-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Sen. Mitch McConnell has secured a victory from his home state legislature over how Kentucky would temporarily fill a U.S. Senate seat in event of a vacancy.

Republican lawmakers in Kentucky on Monday stripped the Democratic governor of his independent power to temporarily fill such a vacancy. The measure is backed by McConnell, the U.S. Senate GOP leader.

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear has called the measure unconstitutional, signaling a potential court fight.

The bill would limit a governor to choose from a three-name list provided by leaders from the same party as the senator who held the seat. That would currently designate Republicans to submit names.