Full Senate to vote on latest AG election proposal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Senate is taking another run at changing the way Tennessee’s attorney general gains office.

Under the state constitution, the Supreme Court names the attorney general to an eight-year term.

The Senate last year voted 22-9 in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment seeking to instead give that appointment power to state lawmakers. Ann Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-2 to advance a rival measure calling for the popular election of the attorney general to the Senate floor.

The rival measures are at the earliest steps of a lengthy process for constitutional amendments.

In order to be placed on the ballot in 2018, the measures would have to pass both chambers this year and by a two-thirds vote in the next two-year session.