Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have changed the process for filling vacancies in the lieutenant governor's office.
Missouri law currently lets the governor appoint a replacement if the secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer, auditor, or a U.S. senator leaves office. However, there has been uncertainty about how the lieutenant governor would get replaced.
Under the law, a replacement would have been selected during the next general election. In the meantime, the departing officeholder's top aide would have performed the lieutenant governor's ministerial duties.
The Senate president's responsibilities would have been handled by the Senate president pro tem, who also is a state senator.
Nixon said Friday the measure created a "confusing and untenable process."