Kyle asks for AG opinion on Senate replacement
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Jim Kyle is asking for an attorney general's opinion about the legal mechanism for filling his legislative seat when he leaves to become a judge at the end of the month.
Kyle was first elected to the Senate in 1983. He plans to resign Aug. 29 to be sworn in to the Shelby County Chancery Court bench.
The Memphis Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1tzaQeC) questions raised by Democratic Party leaders include who on the executive committee can vote on the party's nominee, whether it takes a majority or plurality, and what happens if a state House member already on the ballot gets the nomination.
Democrats interested in the seat include the incumbent's wife, Sara Kyle; former Sen. Beverly Marrero; and state Reps. G. A. Hardaway and Antonio Parkinson.