W.Va. Lieutenant Governor Amendment Proposed

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia lawmakers plan to consider a constitutional amendment creating the elected office of lieutenant governor.

The measure slated for introduction Monday would require a majority of voters to approve that change. It would also need a two-thirds majority in both the state Senate and House of Delegates.

The proposal envisions candidates for lieutenant governor running on the same ticket with candidates for governor.

The winner of this new office would serve as a Cabinet secretary or agency chief until needed.

The constitution now puts the Senate president next in line. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was Senate president when now-U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin stepped down as chief executive last year. The Supreme Court later ruled than an elected governor had to finish Manchin's term. Tomblin won the resulting special election.

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