JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House passes legislation requiring a special election to fill openings for statewide offices.
Currently, the governor can appoint people to fill vacancies for offices such as attorney general, secretary of state and U.S. senator.
Much of the debate Thursday focused on the 2010 Senate race, which so far features Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt. House Democrats assert that Carnahan, a Democrat, will win and that Republicans are trying to block Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon from appointing someone to be secretary of state.
Sponsoring House member Jason Smith, a Republican from Salem, says problems with political corruption in Illinois demonstrates the need to make sure Missourians decide who governs them. Smith says his bill has nothing to do with the 2010 Senate race.