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Some legislators want Florida voters to choose the state's education commissioner and top voting official

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Some legislators want Florida voters to choose the state's education commissioner and top voting official.

A Senate panel on Tuesday approved a measure that would call for the election of both the education commissioner and secretary of state. Voters in 1998 approved a constitutional amendment that made both of the positions appointed.

If approved by the Florida Legislature, voters would still have to approve the change this fall. But the House so far has not shown any interest in changing either post.

Sen. Rene Garcia, who is sponsoring the education commissioner proposal, argues that voters should have a say in who leads Florida's schools system.

Sen. Aaron Bean says the Secretary of State should be an elected position, so that the state's top voting official is "more accountable to the people."

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