MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) - A Minnesota state representative has introduced a bill that - if passed - would result in the seating of Democrat Al Franken as Minnesota's junior senator, at least temporarily.
State Rep. Phyllis Kahn, a Democrat, introduced a bill in the Minnesota legislature Monday that would provisionally seat the winner of the statewide recount in instances where a post-election lawsuit is imminent.
If passed, it would take effect immediately, allowing Franken would be seated in the interim period while the legal battle brought by former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman plays out in court.
Franken came out of the recount 225 votes ahead of Coleman.
Minnesota law presently states that in the case of a post-election court proceeding, "an election certificate shall not be issued until a court of proper jurisdiction has finally determined the contest."
Kahn's bill would scrap that line and allow for a "provisional certificate of election" to be signed that would seat the candidate deemed ahead by the state canvassing board from the day the term begins until the day the court contest is complete.
Current law requires the signatures of both the governor and secretary of state for an election certificate to be issued.
Brian McClung, spokesman for Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, said the governor "believes this bill is flawed."
"You can't change the rules of the game after it's been played," McClung said. "In addition, the canvassing board process is incomplete because they are not authorized to address all of the issues that may be raised. That's why you need to have the option of a court contest to complete the process if necessary."
The bill currently awaits a hearing in the Minnesota House committee on state and local government operations reform.