State Roundup, February 17, 2017

ELECTIONS FOR APPOINTED LEGISLATORS: A proposed constitutional amendment with bipartisan support would require senators and delegates appointed by the governor in the first year of their term to defend their seats in the year of a Presidential election. Currently, appointees can ride out the entire unexpired term of the former office holder until the next gubernatorial election. The proposal gives voters “more direct say on who should be their representatives,” said Del. Jimmy Tarlau, lead sponsor of the amendment, HB361 . The measure doesn’t change the role of central committees to deliver a name to the governor within 30 days to fill the vacated seat.

RENTAL VOUCHERS: WYPR-FM’s Joel McCord and John Lee discuss a measure making its way through the General Assembly that would keep landlords from automatically turning down renters with housing vouchers.