MT: Dept of Oops


The sponsor of a 2015 bill that changed how Montana fills its U.S. House and Senate vacancies says Gov. Steve Bullock should appoint an interim replacement for departing Rep. Ryan Zinke until a special election is held.

Democratic Sen. Brad Hamlett said Thursday it is critical that Montana is represented in Congress during the 85- to 100-day period before a special election can be held.

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch and political observers say the U.S. Constitution allows only for the appointment of an interim senator, and not an interim representative.


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