Lawmakers Seek to Replace Senate Primary Direct Election

A new bill poised for a state Senate vote on Monday would shift voting power for the U.S. Senate primaries from citizens to state lawmakers, Knoxnews reports. The measure’s main sponsor,  Sen. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plans, said the bill is aimed at returning the state closer to the system used before 1913, when state lawmakers directly appointed U.S. senators. That system was replaced with direct election by the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.