Temporary transfer of power recommendations presented to Bredesen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A panel asked to propose a way for an incapacitated governor to temporarily transfer powers has issued its findings to Governor Bredesen.

The proposed constitutional change would allow the speakers of both chambers to fill in for a governor who is sick or otherwise unable to serve. They would have the option of declining to do so.

The constitutional officers appointed by the Legislature would be next in line, and wouldn't have the option of turning down the job.

Tennessee's problematic succession process was highlighted in 2006 when Bredesen was hospitalized for several days with an illness that may have been caused by a tick bite.

The state constitution currently provides no provision for a temporary handoff.

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