Mo. senators back joint gubernatorial elections

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters would nominate and elect the governor and lieutenant governor as a single ticket under legislation endorsed by a state Senate committee.

Missouri’s top two executives currently are elected separately, leading to instances of the governor and lieutenant governor being from different parties.

A Senate elections committee has endorsed both a bill and a proposed constitutional amendment requiring the joint nomination and election of candidates for governor and lieutenant governor.

Both measures now go the full Senate. If they’re approved by the Legislature and voters, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor would run as tickets beginning in 2016.

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Joint elections legislation is SJR30 and SB475

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Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov

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