State considers abolishing lt. governor position

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 6:56pm

NEW ORLEANS - Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu will take on the role as mayor of New Orleans in May.

Officials are trying to figure out what to do with his old position.

Governor Bobby jindal says the state might be able to do without a lieutenant governor.

The position currently costs about $115,000 a year.

Governor Jindal says getting rid of the job could save taxpayers over a million dollars.

The lieutenant governor is in charge of tourism, culture and recreation.

A proposal to scrap the job would require a two-thirds vote from the legislature and voter approval to pass.

If the state gets rid of the position, the secretary of state would become second in command.

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