HELENA, Mont. -

An interim legislative panel is considering a bill that would require the governor to choose a commissioner of political practices from a list of nominees.
The State Administration and Veterans' Affairs Interim Committee discussed a draft of the legislation Thursday that would create a panel to select nominees.
Currently, the governor does not have to pick from candidates recommended by legislative leaders, but the six-year appointment must be confirmed by the state Senate.
If the person is not confirmed, the commissioner leaves office at the end of the legislative session, and the governor selects a new appointee until the Legislature meets again.
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.