Proposal to change Tennessee Constitution moves forward

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal to change the Tennessee Constitution to give the Legislature the power to confirm or deny the governor's appointments to the state Supreme Court justices, has cleared its second of four legislative votes.

The House voted 70-27 on Thursday in favor of the resolution sponsored by Republican Rep. Jon Lundberg. The Senate passed the measure on a 23-8 vote earlier this week.

The measure would give the Legislature the power to deny the governor's appointments within 60 days. It would keep the current retention election system in place for members of the high court.

The resolution would have to be again approved by both chambers by a two-thirds majority within the next two-year General Assembly before it could be put before the voters in 2014.

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