Lawmakers OK ending election of state’s lieutenant governor

Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A measure to amend the constitution in Pennsylvania and let each political party’s gubernatorial nominee choose who will serve under them as lieutenant governor cleared the first hurdle.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 46 to 2 on Tuesday for a constitutional amendment that would end the current practice, in which the governor and lieutenant governor run separately for their party’s nominations.

It passed the Republican-controlled House 130-67 in December, with most Democrats against it. The proposal still needs to pass the House and Senate in the 2021-22 legislative session before going to voters for final approval in a statewide referendum.

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