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  • NJ A1496
  • Requires Governor to make temporary appointment when vacancy occurs in U.S. Senate; requires appointee be member of same political party as person vacating office since beginning of that term; eliminates special election option.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
Current law provides that if there is a vacancy in the office of United States Senator, it must be filled at the next general election. But if the vacancy occurs within the thirty days before that election or within the 64 days before the primary election for the general election, it must be filled by election at the second succeeding general election. Under current law, the Governor may also call a special election to fill the vacancy, or to make a temporary appointment to fill the vacancy. The bill requires the Governor to make a temporary appointment to fill a vacancy in the office of United States Senator within 30 days of the occurrence of the vacancy. It also requires that the temporary appointee must be a member of the same political party as the person vacating the office and have continuously been such a member from the time the person vacating the office began their current term of office. As in current law, the temporary appointee would serve as United States Senator until a general election is held pursuant to law and the board of state canvassers can deliver to the successor a certificate of election. The bill also provides that if a vacancy occurs within 64 days next preceding the primary election that immediately precedes the general election, the position will be filled permanently by election at the next general election. Finally, the bill removes the Governor's option of calling a special primary election and a special general election on days other than the days regularly scheduled for such elections in order to fill a vacancy in the office for the remainder of the term.
Judiciary
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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