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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jan 17, 2014

The attorney general would stand for popular election rather than being appointed by the state Supreme Court under a proposed constitutional amendment that this week advanced to a full Senate vote. According to the Memphis Daily News, this is the second proposal to surface for changing the way the AG is selected -- the full chamber voted 22-9 last year in favor of a proposal by Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville, to have the attorney general appointed by a joint convention of the General Assembly. The rival measures are still at the earliest steps of a lengthy process for constitutional amendments. In order to be placed on the ballot in 2018, they must pass both chambers during the General Assembly that ends this year, and again by a two-thirds vote during the next two-year session.