Plan to change filing date running out of time

Unless lawmakers change the existing law, candidates for this year’s August primary and November general elections can begin filing for those offices in just two weeks.

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State Sen. Mike Parsons, R-Bolivar, presented his bill to move the filing dates back a month — to March 27, with the close of filing on April 24 — to the Financial & Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee Monday afternoon.

There were no questions, supporters or opponents.

And the committee took no action to move the measure to the full Senate for debate — although Chairman Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, said the committee might hold a second session later this week.

“Certainly, this is a piece of legislation that’s will have to be acted on quickly,” Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, told reporters Monday evening.

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