FRANKFORT — The Senate narrowly approved a bill Wednesday that would make the office of Kentucky attorney general a non-partisan post.
The sponsor of Senate Bill 5, Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine, said the state's chief prosecutor should not be a political position.
She said the measure was not intended to criticize any attorney general.
Stine, R-Southgate, noted that Democratic Attorney general Jack Conway would not be affected by the measure because he cannot seek re-election in 2015 because of term limits.
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Conway had no comment on the legislation.
Under the bill, political races for attorney general would be conducted as they are for non-partisan judges.
Stine said seven states make the position of attorney general non-partisan.
The Senate approved the bill on a 19-14 vote and sent it to the House.
The Senate also unanimously approved two other measures:
■ House Bill 390, which would set up regulations aimed at curbing the theft of copper. The bill must now go back to the House because the Senate amended it.
■ House Concurrent Resolution 129, which would set up a task force to study the state's laws on juvenile offenders. It also will return to the House because the Senate altered it.