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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jan 30, 2019
State lawmakers are proposing various changes to the way they interact with the state attorney general, The Nashville Post reports. Rep. Mike Carter, the chair of the civil justice subcommittee, has filed a resolution proposing an amendment to the state constitution that would give the General Assembly confirmation authority over the attorney general. Currently the Tennessee Supreme Court appoints the attorney general for an eight-year term. Carter's bill would empower the legislature to veto the high court’s pick. Another proposal from Sen. Bo Watson and Rep. Bill Dunn would give the legislature the ability to intervene in legal proceedings to defend the constitutionality of a contested statute or to diverge from the advocacy of the attorney general or a district attorney general.