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Gov. Tomblin considers making Lt. Gov. electable position

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January 7, 2011

By Kyle Maichle

CHARLESTON, West Virginia: Acting Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced that he would form a working group of legal experts to draft a constitutional amendment that would make the Lieutenant Governor an elective office in the State of West Virginia.[1]

West Virginia is only one of five states that require a legislator to fill a gubernatorial vacancy. Under current law, the President of the Senate must fill any gubernatorial vacancy. The goal Tomblin hopes to achieve is clarity and simplification to the state constitution. The Acting Governor said: "One thing I’ve learned is that we need to have some clarity to our constitution. For example, our Constitution does not differentiate between a short-term disability and a long-term vacancy.”[1]

No date has been set on when the working group will meet to discuss the issue. West Virginia's Legislature begin its 2011-2012 session on January 7, 2011.[1]

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