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Lt. Govs are a nuisance

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New Mexico could really do just fine without them

By Jay Miller

Here we go again. The lieutenant governor is getting in the governor’s way. They are such a nuisance. Why do we even have them?
That, by the way, is a good question. Some states don’t have lieutenant governors. And those states do just fine.
New Mexico governors not only are saddled with lieutenant governors, the lieutenant governors get to be full time employees if they desire.
And why wouldn’t they want to be on the top floor of the Merry Roundhouse in the middle of all the action?
The problem is that they don’t have anything to do except preside over the Senate when it is in session.  
And, oh yes, take over for the governor when he or she can’t serve or is out of state.
A century ago, when our constitution was written, governors didn’t travel out of state often and when they did, they weren’t as accessible as they are now.
Gov. Susana Martinez believes the travel provision now is archaic and should be repealed.
In reality, that is the way it happens now. The governor’s staff and cabinet secretaries handle the operation of state government anyway.
When the governor is out of state, nothing changes. If something unusual occurs when the governor is out of state, a quick check with the governor is easy enough.


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