The nation’s lieutenant governors are pursuing programs regarding energy, health and children as they welcome new officers to lead the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA). Thirty-one NLGA members gathered in Williamsburg, Va., for the NLGA Annual Meeting in July.
The members passed three resolutions, as follows:
• Energy Independence and Climate Protection Resolution
• Resolution in Support of Mentoring
• Reduction of Phosphorous in Household Dishwashing Detergents Resolution
Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton had twenty lieutenant governors bi-partisanly co-sponsor the energy resolution. Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder sponsored the mentoring resolution to encourage states to set up programs, like Missouri’s, which enable state employees to serve as mentors. NLGA will continue its national health campaigns: “Ending Cervical Cancer in our Lifetime” and “Helping Americans Breathe Easier – Asthma Awareness.”
Four attendees are announced candidates for governor, as follows: Lt. Gov. John Carney in Delaware, Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard in South Dakota, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish in New Mexico, and Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona in Hawaii. A December, 2006 study showed the office of lieutenant governor is the most successful office to springboard to governor.
The NLGA Executive Committee was selected for 2007 – 2008, as follows:
• Chair Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota, Vice-Chair Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton of Wisconsin, and Treasurer Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling of Virginia, as officers.
• Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown of Maryland, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter of Arkansas, and Lt. Gov.Jeff Kottkamp of Florida were added as new members to the Executive Committee.