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Jan 28, 2010 12:56 PM by Letitia Walker

Jindal Thinking About Scrapping Lt. Governor Position

   BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he is strongly
considering a proposal that would scrap the lieutenant governor's
job in Louisiana.
      Jindal Chief of Staff Timmy Teepell told The Advocate newspaper
that 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.

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