Oklahoma House OKs bill to let governor pick US senator

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has approved a bill to let the governor fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate.

The House approved the measure Tuesday on a 54-42 vote. It now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Under current Oklahoma law, the governor calls for a special election if there is a vacancy in the U.S. Senate. But House author Rep. Kyle Hilbert says that process takes too long. Under his proposal, the governor would pick the U.S. senator from a list of three names submitted by the speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

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