A bill up for consideration this year would make Vermont's attorney general an appointed position.
Right now it's an elected office, held for the last 17 years by Democrat Bill Sorrell. He's in the midst of a two-year term and plans to run again this year.
The bill proposed by Bennington County Senator Dick Sears would give the governor authority to appoint the AG beginning in 2016. Sears tells Vermont Digger an appointed attorney general could have authority over county prosecutors and give more uniformity to the way criminal cases are handled statewide.
Sorrell says the change would make the position more political.
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