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SJR 139 - Popular Election of Statewide Officers - Key Vote

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Legislation-Resolution - Resolution Passed (Senate) (19-12) - (Key vote)

Title: Popular Election of Statewide Officers

Highlights:
- Requires the lieutenant governor to hold the same qualifications as the governor (Art. III sec. 19). - Requires the attorney general, secretary of state, state comptroller, and state treasurer be a US citizen, 30 years of age, and a citizen of Tennessee for at least 5 years (Art. VI sec. 5, Art. III sec. 17, Art. VII sec. 3). - Provides that the first elections for the secretary of state, state comptroller, and state treasurer shall occur in the general election of November 2012 and that the first elections for the lieutenant governor and attorney general shall occur in the general election of November 2014.
Note:

NOTE: AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION IS A THREE-STEP PROCESS. FIRST, IT REQUIRES APPROVAL OF A SIMPLE MAJORITY IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE. SECOND, IT REQUIRES TWO-THIRDS APPROVAL BY THE NEXT GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOLLOWING AN ELECTION YEAR, AND THIRD APPROVAL BY THE VOTERS DURING A GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION. THE GOVERNOR CAN VETO THE JOINT RESOLUTION DURING ANY YEAR THE LEGISLATURE PASSES AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION.

Legislation-Resolution - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Popular Election of Statewide Officers

Sponsors

  • Rosalind Kurita (TN - D) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Raymond Finney (TN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Ronald Lynn 'Ron' Ramsey (TN - R) (Out Of Office)
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