Rebirth of bill to create lieutenant governor office in Arizona

lt govBy Ben Giles | Arizona Capitol Times

A lawmaker is reviving an effort to create lieutenant governor position in Arizona, a post that would supersede the secretary of state as first in the line of succession for the governor’s office.

Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, introduced a resolution to send the question to the ballot in 2016. It’s an idea that’s been overwhelmingly rejected twice in the last two decades – first in 1994 by a 2-1 margin, then again in 2010 by roughly 59 percent of voters.

But given Arizona’s propensity for placing secretaries of state in the governor’s office, some lawmakers, including former Gov. Jan Brewer and former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, support the idea.

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