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Senate Bill 228 changes how vacancies in the U.S. Senate are filled. Currently, Kentucky's governor may appoint a replacement of their choice. SB 228 restricts that list to three individuals nominated by the same party as the departed senator.

Bill Sponsor(s): 
Sens. Robert Stivers, Tom Buford

SB 228 was approved by the Senate State & Local Government Committee on March 1, and since it had been fast-tracked by Senate leaders received a floor vote the next day, passing 28-8.

SB 228 was approved by the House Elections & Constitutional Amendments Committee at a special meeting on March 12. It passed the House, 73-25, on March 16.

SB 228 was vetoed by Gov. Beshear on March 22. The House (70-24) and the Senate (29-8) voted to override the governor's veto of SB 228 on March 29, and the legislation becomes law.

See how legislators voted on SB 228.

KFTC's Position: 
KFTC Opposes