The Lieutenant Governor is a constitutional officer (Const. Art. V, Sec. 9). He assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Governor when the Governor is disabled or absent from the state.
These duties include signing or vetoing legislation, making appointments to office, granting or denying clemency and performing
the other functions granted to the Governor by custom, statute or constitution. As President of the Senate, the Lieutenant
Governor is empowered to cast the tie-breaking vote in that body. He is also a member of the Governor's Cabinet and the Governor's
Council, the highest advisory bodies in the executive branch.
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