Among the bills Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed was one that provided a new method of replacing a lieutenant governor who leaves the office partway through a term. The most important thing about the office is that a lieutenant governor replaces the governor if there is a vacancy in the state’s top office caused by a death or a resignation. And, the lieutenant governor usually takes over the reins when the governor is out of the state.
The vetoed bill would have required a new lieutenant governor be selected during the next general election while an aide for the departing officeholder would handle administrative and ceremonial duties in the meantime. The lieutenant governor’s role as Senate president would be handled by the president pro tem of that body under the measure just vetoed.
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