Bill Would Put RI Gov. & Lt. Gov. On Joint Ticket

May 6, 2014

A senate committee will vote Wednesday on legislation that would ultimately put the governor and lieutenant governor on a joint ticket. The bill co-sponsored by Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed would let voters decide on a constitutional amendment linking the two top offices.

Paiva Weed said previous lieutenant governors have had to define their own roles, while this legislation would make them an assistant to the governor.

“They have fulfilled their responsibilities and have done so very well, however I think once the responsibility of presiding over the senate was eliminated, this is the next logical step,” said Paiva Weed.

A companion bill allows the winner of a gubernatorial primary to pick the lieutenant governor. If voters approve, the first joint ticket would show up on the 2018 ballot.

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