Danville Delegate Danny Marshall speaks in support of his House Bill 1696.

The House of Delegates yesterday approved the measure restricting the Governor’s power to appoint an Interim US Senator.

Under House Bill 1696, the Governor would immediately issue a writ to call for a special election once there is a vacancy. The seat would remain vacant until the special election is held. Right now, the Governor can appoint a replacement who would hold the seat until the next regularly-scheduled election.

Last fall, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine was the Democrat’s Vice-Presidential nominee. Had the Democratic ticket won the election, Governor Terry McAuliffe would have made a temporary appointment to fill Kaine’s seat until the next previously-scheduled election.

The bill cleared the House on a 64-34 vote. It now goes to the State Senate.

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