Alabama House passes bill that would end US Senate special elections

Alabama House passes bill that would end US Senate special elections

Alabama House passes bill that would end US Senate special elections

House Bill 17 would require the governor to appoint someone to fill a vacancy for a U.S. Senate seat until the next general election. Last month after numerous rounds of campaigning Democrat Doug Jones emerged as the victor of that seat. The new governor, Ivey, called for a special election.

Steve Clouse, the bill is meant to save taxpayers the cost of another special election should a vacancy occur in the U.S. Senate.

"You're taking away from citizens the right to vote", said Rep. Louise Alexander, a Democrat from Bessemer, Ala.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Steve Clouse (R-Ozark), maintained that outcome had little to do with that race and instead was about its $11 million price tag. It addresses only U.S. Senate appointments. The state holds general elections every two years.

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Thirty-six other states use the methods outlined in Clouse's bill, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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After appointing then-Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in February, then-Gov.

In December, Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in an upset triumph during the 2017 Alabama Senate special election.

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The bill will now move to the State Senate.

About two months later, Bentley resigned as governor amid impeachment proceedings spurred by a sex scandal with a former staffer. "We never would have thought of that. but in Alabama, it managed to happen".

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