Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Senate Committee Approves Legislation to Amend Lieutenant Governor Candidate Selection Process

On Tuesday, the Senate State Government Committee approved legislation, which would amend the state’s constitution to permit candidates for governor to choose their lieutenant governor candidate after the primary election – a process that mirrors how presidential candidates currently select their vice presidential running mates.

Senator David G. Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill), the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 133, extended his gratitude to the committee for its bipartisan support, noting the importance of such reform in Pennsylvania. “A leadership team can’t be separated into two warring factions that ignore each other,” Argall said. “It’s plain and simple: Pennsylvania’s residents deserve to have their top two leaders of the executive branch function as a team in order to best represent their interests.”

Pennsylvania’s constitutional amendment process requires that the proposal be approved by the House and the Senate during the same legislative session in which it was introduced, followed by a re-approval of the House and Senate in the next legislative session in 2021 before it is placed on the ballot for the approval of Pennsylvania’s voters.

The bill will now move to the full Senate for consideration.

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