Quirky law demands appointments that could last one day

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The attorney for Shelby County government says the county commission has no choice but to appoint two state senators, even though they will never sponsor a bill or cast a vote.

The resignations of former senators Kathryn Bowers and Curtis Person leave two vacancies, meaning people who live in the Shelby County districts formerly represented by Bowers and Person have no senator in Nashville.

Person resigned after winning a county Juvenile Court judge election. Bowers cited health reasons in stepping down, but is also being pursued by federal prosecutors who will try her on Tennessee Waltz public corruption charges.

County Attorney Brian Kuhn told commissioners yesterday state statute requires them to fill Senate vacancies that occur within one year before an election.

Voters will choose replacements for Bowers and Person in the November seventh general election. The winners will be sworn into office in January.

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