Nevada Lieutenant Governor as Senate President, Question 8 (1998)

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The Nevada Lieutenant Governor as Senate President Question, also known as Question 8, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 3, 1998 election ballot in Nevada, where it was defeated.

Election results

Question 8 (Lieutenant Governor as Senate President)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No241,24661.5%
Yes 150,780 38.5%

Official results via: Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau - Research Division

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Shall the Nevada Constitution be amended to replace the Lieutenant Governor as the President of the Senate with a senator elected by the Senate, who will also serve as the next official in the line of succession to the Governor following the Lieutenant Governor; and to abolish the expense allowance paid to the Senate president and the Assembly Speaker?'[1]

The language that appeared in the voter's guide:

The Nevada Constitution requires the Lieutenant Governor to serve as President of the Senate. As President, the Lieutenant Governor presides over the Senate and chairs the conduct of its business, but is not a member of the body. The President decides questions of parliamentary procedure and signs all acts, addresses, joint resolutions, writs, warrants, and subpoenas. The President does not vote on any question, except to break a tie vote.
Further, the Senate elects a President Pro-Tempore who presides over the Senate in the absence of the President and who also serves as third in line of succession to the Governor if both the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor become vacant.
This proposed amendment would eliminate the duty of the Lieutenant Governor to serve as President of the Senate and allow the Senate to elect one of its own members as President. The elected President would also serve as third in line of succession to the office of Governor. The amendment does not abolish the office of Lieutenant Governor.
Finally, the Nevada Constitution provides that the Speaker of the Assembly and the President of the Senate be paid an additional allowance of two dollars for each day they preside over their respective houses during the legislative session. This amendment also proposes to eliminate the allowance.[1]

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