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Mo. Panel to Consider Bill For Filling Vacancies

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (C) delivers the State of the State address while Missour Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) and House Speaker Steve Tilley listen at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 17, 2012. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (C) delivers the State of the State address while Missour Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) and House Speaker Steve Tilley listen at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 17, 2012. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee plans to consider legislation calling for elections to fill vacancies in statewide elected offices.

The proposal would allow the governor to appoint an acting officeholder until an election could be held. The appointee would be barred from running immediately for the office.

A hearing on the bill was scheduled Tuesday in the House Elections Committee.

Under current law, midterm vacancies for attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor and the U.S. Senate can be filled by gubernatorial appointment.

But opinions differ on how to fill a vacancy in the lieutenant governor’s office.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is seeking the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who is leaving Congress next month. Kinder just started his third term.

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