Bill would change process to select transportation chief

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Republican-led Senate committee has approved a bill to rein in Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s power to select the state’s transportation secretary.

The bill cleared the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday.

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It now goes to the full Senate.

The bill would limit the governor’s choice of transportation secretary to a list of candidates submitted by a newly created board.

The board members would be appointed by the governor from a list of nominations submitted by influential business and government groups.

The proposal has drawn immediate pushback from Beshear.