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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut lawmakers say a public hearing on changing the qualifications to run for state attorney general is being rescheduled.

The legislature’s judiciary committee plans to hold the hearing Tuesday on the bill, which would require candidates to be licensed Connecticut lawyers for at least 10 years to qualify. The hearing was originally set for Friday.

The bill stems from last year’s state Supreme Court decision  that interpreted the state law’s language to require litigation experience.

That ruling disqualified Democratic candidate and Secretary of
the State Susan Bysiewicz from running for attorney general. Some lawmakers say it also prevents other skilled corporate lawyers from running, and that they think having a wider range of qualified candidates benefits voters.

Connecticut is among 43 states in which the attorney general is elected.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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