SB 54 – This act mandates that the Governor and Lieutenant Governor candidates shall be elected jointly. There shall be no primary election for the office of Lieutenant Governor. Once a candidate for Governor wins the primary of his political party, or otherwise becomes qualified to be a candidate for Governor at the general election, such candidate shall choose a running mate for lieutenant governor. The gubernatorial candidate is responsible for certifying his choice for running mate to the Secretary of State no later than the eleventh Tuesday before the general election. If a gubernatorial candidate fails to certify his running mate to the Secretary of State by such date, then the candidate shall be deemed to have withdrawn as a candidate for Governor.
The passage of this act is contingent upon voter approval of a senate joint resolution amending the Missouri Constitution to require the joint election of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
This act is similar to SB 475 (2012) and SB 1114 (2002).