February 10, 2016

Governor/Lieutenant Governor running as team stalls in senate (AUDIO)

Whether the office of Lieutenant Governor is important enough to be elected becomes an argument matching the citizens’ right to vote versus government efficiency.

Senator John Lamping of Clayton proposes a constitutlional change that would let the winners of party primaries for governor pick their own runinng mates and have the two of them run as a team, as the president and Vice-President do. He says most people don’t know what the Lieutenant Governor does anwyway, a statement that a leading opponent agrees with..

Opponents, however, argue his proposal would concentrate more power with the governor and would remove a check on the govenror’s power. He says the team concept will keep a lieutenant governor of another party with a different philosphy from taking over government if a governor can no longer serve.

One critic says the plan would eliminate diversity among the two candidates. Lamping says his plan could improve it.

An hour and a half of back and forth in Senate debatge resolves nothing. Lamping has put his bill aside without getting a vote.

AUDIO: Senate debate 1:25:47