Liberal Governor Vetoes Bill That Gives Power Back To The People
Kentucky legislators came up with this reasonable bill that makes things move along smoother. The purpose of the bill, SB 228, is to make it so that if a Senator were not to make it through his entire term then a senator of his choosing would finish out his term. He would likely pick someone that has the same views, thereby keeping with what the people voted for. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear however didn't appreciate the bill as it cut into his power to appoint someone of his choosing, so he vetoed it.
"The bill, SB 228, requires the Kentucky governor to fill an empty seat in the Senate with a person from the same political party from the departing senator. It also makes it so that the governor must select a successor from a list of three people given to the governor by the executive committee of the same party of the departing lawmaker."
Democratic Governor Andy Beshear claims “Senate Bill 228 violates that very purpose of the amendment by returning the power, specifically in law, to a political party to come up with names for a vacancy.”
"United States Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) commented on his position in the Senate after a bill was recently passed in the Kentucky state legislature regarding appointments to vacant Senate seats.
“I don’t think we’re going to have a vacancy. I’m not going anywhere. I just got elected to a six-year term. And I’m still the leader of my party in the Senate, so this is a hypothetical,” McConnell said. “But I had watched this over the years in the Senate as various vacancies were filled and I thought this was the best way to go.”
The legislators overrode the Governor and it has been put into law. But Beshear was clearly not thinking of his constituents when he vetoed the bill. He was thinking about how it took away his power to choose someone he deemed fit when really, it shouldn't have been his choice to begin with.