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Florida Taxpayer Asks Florida Supreme Court to Order Governor to Appoint a Lieutenant Governor

Florida’s Lieutenant Governor resigned her position in March 2013, and that office has been vacant ever since. The Florida Constitution says that when that office becomes vacant, the Governor “shall” appoint a new Lieutenant Governor. On January 6, 2014, a Florida taxpayer, Barbara DeVane, filed a lawsuit directly with the State Supreme Court, asking the Court to order the Governor to appoint a new Lieutenant Governor.

The plaintiff, Barbara DeVane, points out that the Constitution provides that when the Governor is unavailable to handle a state emergency, the Lieutenant Governor has authority to act. DeVane’s brief also mentions the consequences if the Governor, Rick Scott, were to become incapacitated; the Constitution gives the Lieutenant Governor authority to act while the Governor is incapacitated. DeVane is a lobbyist for the National Organization for Women. Here is the brief. The case is DeVane v Scott. Thanks to Howard Bashman of How Appealing for the link.

One Response

  1. hoshie

    This lawsuit may now be moot. According to the Miami Herald, Gov. Scott has announced that he has appointed Carlos López-Cantera to be the next Lt. Governor. The paper states he takes office on February 3.

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