Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The 17th Amendment

A state's governor, if authorized by the state legislature, is to appoint a replacement should the state's Senate seat become vacant. That appointee is to fill that seat until the next election.

Clause 2. When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of each State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.(1)


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