Senate OKs Picard bill for joint run of governor, lietenant governor ticket

Senate OKs Picard bill for joint run of governor, lietenant governor ticket

WOONSOCKET - The Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Roger Picard that would ask voters to amend the state constitution to allow the governor and lieutenant governor to be elected as a single ticket.

Having the two general officers run as a single ticket, instead of as separate, unconnected candidates, would establish cohesion and improve the likelihood that the two will work together effectively, said Picard, a Democrat from District 20 representing Woonsocket and Cumberland.

"Having the lieutenant governor run with the governor would ensure continuity, especially if the governor were unable to complete the term. If they run together, the voters can reasonably expect that the lieutenant governor will largely carry on the policies and hold the same positions as the governor they elected," said Picard. "Having them run together would also make it more likely that they'll work cooperatively in office, and will communicate whenever the governor is going out of the state so the lieutenant governor is prepared to take over if necessary."