CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin believes West Virginia should elect a lieutenant governor to take over when its chief executive departs.
The West Virginia Constitution now gives the job to Tomblin as state Senate president. But an administration official tells The Associated Press that Tomblin plans to ask voters to amend the constitution and change that.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.
Tomblin has called a Capitol news conference for early Thursday afternoon to discuss gubernatorial succession.
The official also said Tomblin will assemble a panel of top lawyers to aid his proposal.
This wouldn't resolve the pending state Supreme Court challenge triggered when Tomblin succeeded a newly elected U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin in November. The case seeks an election for governor this year.