Missouri Senate sets aside proposal that would change gubernatorial elections

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | 7:56 a.m. CDT; updated 9:27 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 11, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Some senators are balking at a proposal to make Missouri's gubernatorial elections more like presidential ones.

A proposed amendment to the state constitution would require candidates for governor and lieutenant governor to run as a ticket, just as the presidential and vice presidential candidates do. Senators debated the measure but set it aside Tuesday after some concerns were raised.

Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who once worked for former Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell, said having a lieutenant governor elected independently from the governor can provide a balance to the governor's power. Otherwise, she said, a governor could appoint a "lackey" or a "rubber stamp" to the position.

Sponsoring Sen. John Lamping, a R-St. Louis County, said it's common sense to have the governor and lieutenant governor run together because they should work together once elected.

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