A state senator is urging his colleagues to revive a bill to change how the lieutenant governor is chosen. Kershaw Senator Vincent Sheheen reminded the Senate that a bill has been introduced to put the office of lieutenant governor and governor on the same ticket in a General Election, similar to the way the U.S. president and vice president are elected.
Sheheen refers to recent events as the need to “modernize state government.”
Last week, Ken Ard resigned as lieutenant governor as he faced indictment for breaking campaign finance laws. Under the SC Constitution, he had to be replaced by Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell, which disrupted Senate leadership.
Sheheen pushed through a major restructuring effort only weeks ago that will deconstruct the current Budget and Control Board and its supporting agency. As part of an overall restructuring effort, he’d like the Senate to fast-track H. 3152, which passed the House this time last year.