Ill. Scandal Renews Kan. Debate Over Vacancies

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Corruption allegations against the governor of Illinois have renewed interest in Kansas in changing how U.S. Senate vacancies are filled.

The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature passed a bill earlier this year requiring special elections to fill Senate vacancies. Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed it.

The governor now fills the vacancy. Sebelius said the system has
worked well.
But Kansas Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt says he's
interested in taking another look at the issue. And the
Independence Republican says what's happening in Illinois makes the
issue more compelling.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vich) was arrested
Tuesday on charges he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obama's
Senate seat.


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