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Senate passes bill to make attorney general a non-partisan post

March 21, 2012 | | Comments Comments

By Jack Brammer
jbrammer@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT – The Senate narrowly approved a bill Wednesday that would make the office of Kentucky attorney general a non-partisan post.

The sponsor of Senate Bill 5, Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine, R-Southgate, said the state’s chief prosecutor should not be a political position.

She said the measure was not intended to criticize any attorney general.

Stine noted that the current attorney general, Democrat Jack Conway, would not be affected by the measure because he cannot seek re-election in 2015 because of term limits.

Conway had no comment on the legislation.

Under the bill, political races for attorney general would be conducted as they are for non-partisan judges.

Stine said seven states currently make the position of attorney general non-partisan.

The Senate approved the bill on a 19-14 vote and sent it to the House for its consideration.

The Senate also unanimously approved two other measures:

*House Bill 390, which would set up regulations to try to curb the theft of copper. The bill has to go back to the House because the Senate amended it.

*House Concurrent Resolution 129, which would set up a task force to study the state’s laws on juvenile offenders.

It will return to the House because the Senate made some technical corrections to it.

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