Bill calls for making governor, lt. governor a joint ticket

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Representative Stephen Ucci of Johnston has introduced legislation that would have voters decide whether candidates for governor and lieutenant governor should run on one ticket.

The candidates running for the two top offices would share a party affiliation as well as a place on the ballot.

Ucci said in a released statement that it's not in Rhode Island's best interest to have a governor and lieutenant governor from different parties. As evidence that Rhode Islanders would approve the ballot initiative, Ucci points to Robert Healey's nearly 40% of the vote on a campaign platform to eliminate the Lt. Governor's position he was running for.

If voters get a chance to weigh in on a joint ticket, and it passes, it would go into effect for the 2014 election.

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