Bill would temporarily add members to Tenn. panel

On March 3, 2009, in News 2009, by Mark Norris
March 3, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that would give Republicans control of the State Election Commission three years ahead of schedule is advancing in the Legislature.

The measure sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, a Collierville Republican, unanimously passed the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Tuesday. The companion bill has been assigned to a House subcommittee.

Republicans won a majority of seats in the Legislature last November, but the five-member State Election Commission still has three Democrats and two Republicans.

Norris’ proposal would add two new members to the commission — both Republicans — to give the GOP a 4-3 majority until 2012, when the extra two seats would be eliminated and the commission would revert to a five-member panel.

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