State may not need lieutenant governor

POSTED: Monday, February 15, 2010 - 3:28pm

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

Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu will take on the role as Mayor of New Orleans in May and now officials are trying to figure out what to do with the position he's leaving behind. Governor Bobby Jindal says the state might be able to do without a Lieutenant Governor.

The position currently costs about $115,000 a year. Governor Jindal says getting rid of the job could save taxpayers over a million dollars. The Lieutenant Governor is in charge of tourism, culture, and recreation, a job that could be picked up by other departments in the state.

A proposal to scrap the job would require a 2/3 vote from the legislature and voter approval to pass. If the state gets rid of the position, the Secretary of State would become second in command.