New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Vacancy Act, Amendment 5 (2008)
|Amendment 5 (2008)|
The proposed amendment provides that, in the case of a vacany in the office of Lieutenant Governor, the Governor shall fill the vacany by appointment with the consent of the Senate.
Article V. Section 7 currently states "…In case there is no lieutenant governor, or in case he is for any reason unable to perform the duties of governor, then the secretary of state shall perform the duties of governor, and, in case there is no secretary of state, then the president pro tempore of the senate, or in case there is no president pro tempore of the senate, or he is for any reason unable to perform the duties of governor, then the speaker of the house shall succeed to the office of governor, or act as governor as hereinbefore provided. (As amended November 2, 1948.) "
State senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino introduced Senate Joint Resolution 8 (SJR 8) which authorized placing the proposed amendment on the ballot.
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