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Steinberg wants legislative openings filled by appointment
San Francisco Chronicle

Following a year of legislative musical chairs, state Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said he plans to introduce a constitutional amendment to reduce the financial burden on taxpayers when lawmakers leave office before their term expires.

Steinberg, D-Sacramento, is proposing to give the governor the authority to fill vacant seats in the Legislature through an appointment process, which he acknowledges could be a difficult sell. “I don’t know how this will go over,” Steinberg said Thursday. “I just am frustrated with the amount of money spent on special elections and the fact that we have these gaping vacancies for a long period of time.”

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