A state senator is working up legislation that he says will prevent a Senate scandal in Ohio like the one that's gripped Illinois since Barack Obama was elected president. Republican Sen. Jon Husted of Kettering says Ohio law allows the governor to appoint a successor to an open Senate seat until the next election, and that's similar to what's happened in Illinois. Husted wants a special election to be held instead.
Husted's proposal was prompted by the appointment of Illinois Sen. Roland Burris by impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Several people, including fellow Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, are suggesting Burris resign because of allegations that he didn't tell the whole truth about the circumstances of his appointment, but Burris is refusing to step down.