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Initiative Proposed on Senate Appointment

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After Governor Bullock's appointment of Lieutenant Governor John Walsh to replace Max Baucus in the U.S. Senate, Helena Attorney James Brown has proposed an initiative that would change how that decision is handled.

The initiative was submitted to Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch earlier today.

Currently the Governor has the authority to fill vacancies in the Senate.  Republican leaders in the State Legislature criticized Governor Steve Bullock's decision believing it was done in secrecy and that he was catering to President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. 

Brown's proposal calls for a special election to be held within sixty days of the announced vacancy, and that a general election would follow that fifty to eighty-five days later. 

Brown's proposal must go through a legal review before signatures can be gathered for it to make the upcoming November ballot.

 

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