LT. GOVERNOR IN WV? Constitutional Amendment Considered for Lt. Gov.
Reported by: Patrick McMurtry
Web Producer: Patrick McMurtry
Reported: Jan. 23, 2012 7:48 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 23, 2012 7:57 AM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
Hoping to avoid another huge problem like the one West Virginia encountered last year, some lawmakers are pushing a constitutional amendment to create the office of Lt. Governor in the state.
A proposed bill on the issue is expected to be introduced today and would need a two-thirds majority in both the House of Delegates and the state Senate before a constitutional amendment would go before state residents.
Under the plan, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor would run on the same ticket. If the governor's office became vacant for any reason, the lieutenant governor would take over the office.
The winner of this new office would serve as a Cabinet secretary or agency chief until needed.