Measure passes supporting popular election of Lt. Governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A resolution that would change the state constitution to allow voters to elect both the lieutenant governor and the secretary of state narrowly passed a key Senate committee.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Rosalind Kurita passed the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee 5-4 on Tuesday.

The Clarksville Democrat says the resolution is necessary because people in Tennessee should have the opportunity to have input into who runs their government -- including the lieutenant governor and secretary of state.

Gov. Phil Bredesen told The Associated Press last month that he hasn't thought through the details of what responsibilities would be given to a popularly elected lieutenant governor, but added that position should run on the same ticket as the governor.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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