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  Kentucky Senate approves amendment to give Beshear extra year, move statewide elections to 2016
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Last EditedScott³  Feb 25, 2013 09:40pm
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MediaNewspaper - Louisville Courier Journal
News DateTuesday, February 26, 2013 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description"FRANKFORT, KY. — The Kentucky Senate narrowly approved a constitutional amendment Monday — in a largely party-line vote — that would give current constitutional officers an extra year in office to put gubernatorial elections in an even-numbered years when other elections take place.

Senate Bill 55 passed 25-12 and now goes to the House. As a constitutional amendment, it needed 23 votes in the Senate to get the necessary three-fifths majority.

It would need a three-fifths majority in the House and then would be submitted to voters for ratification in 2014.

The bill would impact the terms of the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, attorney general and agriculture commissioner. It would not impact terms of state legislators.

Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Kenton County Republican, said the bill would reduce the cost of elections.

All but two Democrats opposed the bill: Morgan McGarvey of Louisville and Walter Blevins of Morehead."
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