Proposal in Fla. Would Allow for Gov. Recall

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

A Democratic state representative on Wednesday, Feb. 17 filed a proposed constitutional amendment and a bill seeking to give Florida voters the ability to recall state legislators, Cabinet members and the governor from office.

Recall votes are already allowed at the local level, but there is no provision in state law contemplating a recall of statewide executive branch leaders or lawmakers. “Engaged citizens deserve the tools to hold their public servants accountable without having to wait for the next election,” said Rep. Rick Kriseman, D-St. Petersburg, who filed the measures (HJR 785, HB 787). “Honest and dedicated elected officials will have nothing to fear from the implementation of this important proposal.” The proposed constitutional amendment, if approved by lawmakers and then by the voters, would create a petition process for recalling officials. It would require a total of 15 percent of votes cast in the last election, and signatures from every county to recall a governor or Cabinet member. Recalling a lawmaker would require 20 percent of votes cast in the last election in that district under the proposal. The bill would create a statutory recall method. The National Conference of State Legislatures says 18 states permit recall of state officials.

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