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When will Florida get a new lieutenant governor?

3:25 PM, Jun 28, 2013   |    comments
Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and Gov. Rick Scott stand near the intersection of "Jennifer Carroll St." and "Rick Scott Way" during the inaugural parade Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 along Monroe St. in Tallahassee, Florida. Photo courtesy Tallahassee Democrat.
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Tallahassee, Florida -- Don't give up on Gov. Rick Scott selecting a new lieutenant governor.

It's been more than three months since Jennifer Carroll resigned. Scott is not in a hurry to fill the job, but he says he'll start focusing on that task soon.

Florida's Constitution says, "There shall be a lieutenant governor" but doesn't specify any time frame to fill vacancies.

However, the constitution does require a candidate for governor to pick a running mate before a general election. So it appears Scott would have to pick someone by September 2014.

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The state constitution does not specify any duties for the lieutenant governor - it only says the governor will assign the responsibilities.

A half dozen states don't even have a lieutenant governor.

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Scott was asked if he's missed having someone in that role.

"I'll be doing the right thing and picking somebody that I think will be appropriate to help make sure everybody can get a job, get a great education and help me keep the cost of living down," said Scott.

Last March, the governor said he planned to appoint a new lieutenant governor after the legislative session ended May 3. But Scott says he has some unfinished business before he'll pick his second in command.

"We finished the session and I think I have another few days before I finish the last bills and then I'll start focusing on that."

Dave Heller

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