- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has approved a proposed state constitutional amendment allowing the attorney general, land commissioner and comptroller to no longer be required to live in Austin.

Sen. Donna Campbell’s proposal would put a referendum on this November’s general election ballot, letting voters decide whether or not scrap a residency requirement dating back to 1876.

It passed Monday with no debate or vocal opposition, and now heads to the House.

Campbell says modern technology allows statewide officeholders to easily communicate with Austin, and that state capital residency requirements are therefore out of date.

The Republican from New Braunfels argues that living in Austin “is no longer a necessity” and that the change “will allow greater flexibility for statewide elected officials and reduce the burden placed on them and their families.”

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