Resolution proposes process for replacing a disabled governor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal that would change the Tennessee Constitution to establish procedures in case the governor is incapacitated is advancing in the Senate.

The resolution sponsored by Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle of Memphis passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

The measure would allow one of the Legislature's two speakers to fill in until the governor returns without losing their positions. It hasn't gone to the House yet.

Currently, the next in line for a temporary handoff would have to give up their legislative power for what could be a relatively short stint as governor.

Tennessee's problematic succession process was highlighted in 2006 when Gov. Phil Bredesen was hospitalized for several days with an illness that may have been caused by a tick bite.

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


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