On March 10, the Rhode Island House of Representatives handily approved two FairVote-backed proposals: a uniform advance voter registration age of 16 (voting 54-10) and a requirement that any vacancy to the U.S. Senate be elected rather than appointed (voting 64-6). Both proposals advance democracy -- and have real chances to go to Rhode Island's governor this year.
On March 11, the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution and the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a joint hearing on the Feingold-McCain constitutional amendment to require election of all U.S. Senators. FairVote analyst David Segal testified.