- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Senate has approved two bills that advance the effort to have candidates for Rhode Island governor and lieutenant governor run on a single ticket.

The Senate endorsed legislation Wednesday that would put a question on the November ballot asking voters to amend the state constitution so the two general officers would be elected jointly. The change would take effect in 2018.

A second bill approved Wednesday lays out a time frame for a gubernatorial candidate to select a running mate. It could be done either 60 days or more before the primary, or within nine days after it.

Democratic Sen. Roger Picard says having the candidates run on one ticket would increase the likelihood they would work together effectively.

Companion legislation has been introduced in the House.

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