No More Lt. Gov. in Louisiana?

No More Lt. Gov. in Louisiana?

POSTED: Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 8:14am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:59pm

Governor Jindal says he is strongly considering a proposal that would scrap the Lieutenant Governor's job in Louisiana.

Jindal Chief of Staff Timmy Teepell says the proposal under consideration would make the Secretary of State second in command. The lieutenant governor's responsibilities over culture, recreation and tourism would be split among various agencies.

The change would require a constitutional amendment, which needs
a two-thirds vote of the Legislature and approval from voters for
passage.

Republican Rep. Cameron Henry of Jefferson says he will
propose the legislation in the upcoming session.

Jindal said Wednesday that tourism industry officials suggested
the Department of Economic Development should be promoting tourism
and that the job abolition would be a "streamlining" move during
tough budget times.

The idea is being floated as Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu leads the
polls as a candidate for New Orleans mayor.