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Change proposed in the way PA fills the office of Lt. Gov.


Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Mike Stack (Photo by Katie Meyer/WITF)

(Harrisburg) — A state lawmaker is using the current turmoil in the Lieutenant Governor’s office to push for a proposed change in the way we fill that office.

Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack came under fire recently for alleged verbal abuse of staff and his security detail.

Governor Tom Wolf took away most of the staff and the security leading many to ask if there is a rift between the top two elected officials.

State Senator David Argall says this is a perfect reason why gubernatorial nominees should be able to pick their own running mates.

“My constitutional amendment would essentially say that after a primary election the governor candidate gets to select the lieutenant governor candidate,” he said.

Currently, lieutenant governor candidates run independently in the primary, then join the gubernatorial nominee to form their party’s November ticket.

A constitutional amendment requires passage in two consecutive legislative sessions, then approval by voters in a statewide referendum.

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