Succession of executive power.
When the office of Governor shall become vacant
through death, resignation, failure to qualify, conviction after impeachment or permanent
disability of the Governor, the lieutenant governor shall succeed to the office and powers of the
Governor. When the Governor is unable to serve by reason of continuous absence from the state,
or other temporary disability, the executive power shall devolve upon the lieutenant governor for
the residue of the term or until the disability is removed.
Whenever there is a permanent vacancy in the office of the lieutenant governor, the Governor
shall nominate a lieutenant governor who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of
all the members of each house of the Legislature. Whenever there is a concurrent vacancy in the
office of Governor and lieutenant governor, the order of succession for the office of Governor shall
be as provided by law.
The Supreme Court shall have original and exclusive jurisdiction to determine when a
continuous absence from the state or disability has occurred in the office of the Governor or a
permanent vacancy exists in the office of lieutenant governor.
History: 1889 Const., art. IV, §§ 6, 7; amendment of § 7 proposed by SL 1957, ch 302, approved
Nov., 1958; amendment proposed by SL 1972, ch 1, approved Nov. 7, 1972.