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The 17th Amendment
Transcript of The 17th Amendment
petitions to Congress. The proposed Direct Election Amendment passed
the House several times-in 1900 by a vote of 240 to 15-but, not surprisingly,
the Senate refused to pass an amendment that directly involved the
fortunes of its own members. The 17th Amendment was pushed very heavily by the states themselves, and is one of the issues that came the closest to being pushed to the proposal stage via a called convention. Other
Facts When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct. This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution. Passed May 13th, 1912 Apparently the number of petitions for a convention came within one of the required two-thirds before the Senate
finally acted in 1912, when Congress proposed what became the Seventeenth Amendment Ratified April 8th, 1913 basically it established direct election of US Senators by popular vote. public figures have expressed a desire to reform or even repeal the Seventeenth Amendment. the text book