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Senator Joseph Griffo says it's time to institute some common sense reforms to the office of Lt. Governor.

Griffo is sponsoring three bills in the state Senate that would reform the Lt. Governor's post.

One of the bills would remove the constitutional provision that the lieutenant governor shall act as governor whenever the governor is absent from the state.

Griffo calls that stipulation hopelessly outdated.

He says with various technological advancements, it's easier than ever for the govenror to remain connected to the important business unfolding in Albany.

The other bills would also provide a method for filling a vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor and would also change the Election Law to require that candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run together as a slate in a primary election as is currently required in general elections.

The legislation is being sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman Robin Schimminger.