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An Attorney Tries to Change How Senators are Appointed During Vacancies

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One Helena attorney is standing up for his beliefs by attempting to change one of our Montana laws.

After Governor Bullock's recent appointment of John Walsh, Jim Brown is starting an initiative to remove the governor's power to fill senate vacancies, and instead require special elections.

Legislative leaders have criticized Bullock's selection, saying it was done in secrecy, and with out public input.

Because Montana is the state directly responsible for the 17th amendment, which requires direct election of senators by the people, Brown finds the governor's appointment not only ironic, but wrong. He explains, "A hundred years later, we still allow our senators to be put into office with out a vote, and I think that needs to be changed."

If it passes legal muster, it will still take a lot to get it on the November ballot. Brown will have to gather at least 24,175 signatures or 5% of state voters, including 5% of voters in each of the 34 house districts by June 20th.

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