HELENA, Mont. -

State lawmakers are considering changing the way the person who polices their conduct in election campaigns is chosen.

A committee voted Wednesday to draft legislation that would create a panel to choose commissioner of political practice nominees for the governor to appoint.

Currently, the governor does not have to pick any of the candidates recommended by legislative leaders, but his appointment must be confirmed by the state Senate.

The Senate hasn't confirmed an appointee since 2010, leading to a revolving door of short-term commissioners and accusations the appointments are driven by partisan politics.

State Administration and Veterans' Affairs Interim Committee chairwoman Dee Brown says the panel is looking to improve the commissioner's credibility and effectiveness.

Other suggestions include replacing the commissioner with a full commission and watering down his powers.