Se­nate approves lieu­tenant gover­nor re­form legislation

Ar­gall, prime bill spon­sor, notes change al­lows for bet­ter lead­er­ship and col­lab­o­ra­tion

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - LOCAL NEWS - From Se­nate of PA

The Se­nate ap­proved bi­par­ti­san legislation with a vote of 50-0 to re­form the way the lieu­tenant gover­nor is elected in Penn­syl­va­nia.

Se­nate Bill 761 would amend the state’s con­sti­tu­tion to al­low gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­dates to se­lect their run­ning mate sub­se­quent to the pri­mary elec­tion. This bill will re­quire gover­nor and lieu­tenant gover­nor can­di­dates to first cam­paign to­gether and then, once elected, work to­gether as a team with a shared vi­sion. This is not a dif­fi­cult con­cept – it’s sim­ple com­mon sense. The goal is team­work and co­op­er­a­tion.

Se­na­tor David G. Ar­gall (R-Berks/Schuylkill), the prime spon­sor of the bill, noted that this type of change to the cur­rent elec­tion process al­lows for bet­ter lead­er­ship and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“The very troubled re­la­tion­ship be­tween the gover­nor and the lieu­tenant gover­nor is no se­cret to any of us. The state of Penn­syl­va­nia shouldn’t con­tinue to be stuck with the cur­rent dys­func­tional sys­tem that we now see on the sec­ond floor of the capi­tol,” said Ar­gall.

Un­der this legislation, the state’s Con­sti­tu­tion would be amended to re­quire gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­dates to se­lect their run­ning mate af­ter the pri­mary elec­tion – sub­ject to the ap­proval of their state com­mit­tees – which is a process very sim­i­lar to how our pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates have se­lected their run­ning mates for a long, long time. The bill will now move to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for con­sid­er­a­tion. The ear­li­est it could go into ef­fect is 2022. Should the mea­sure pass, Penn­syl­va­nia would join thir­teen other states that al­low the can­di­date for gover­nor to se­lect the can­di­date for lieu­tenant gover­nor.

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