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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  • by John Location: Key Largo on Apr 2, 2012 at 06:13 PM
    I don't want to rain on anybody's parade here,-and I haven't read all the posts, yet -but why are we just finding out that our state constitution makes NO PROVISION for the recall of the governor? Could some expert on the Florida constitution please chime in soon with an explanation of what social and/or political realities lead to this? It has obviously suited someone to have this be the situation, right? Something tells me that we may be seeing another sad scene where the pot is calling then kettle black. But then, what do I really know? I've only been involved in politics since 1952. Yeah, THAT 1952! That would have been the first time Gov. Adlai Stevenson lost to former General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Yeah, THAT Eisenhower! I was eight (8) years old . Love to share some stories about the last six decades and America's unique expression of the right to vote - or whatever the hell it is we do in most Novembers. Comments?
  • by Patti Location: Fleming Isnd on Apr 1, 2011 at 02:03 PM
    Where do I sign?
  • by Don Location: Hudson on Mar 20, 2011 at 09:28 AM
    Is a recall legally possible. I will work 40 hours a week to see Gov. Snott recalled if it is. How do we go about initiating such a thing? Is there already an organization working on the recall of this idiot? Its arrogant, self-serving rulers like Snott that the forefathers saw when they provided the Second Amendment. I don't advocate its use but we need to be aware of the reasons why the founders of this nation felt we need it.
  • by Kathy Location: Polk County on Feb 27, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    Why would anyone spend multimillions of dollars for a job that doesn't pay but a mere pittance of that amount? Is his agenda to destroy this state? He certainly isn't listening to the people. He has his own agenda and if he doesnt' think he is going to get his way he just cuts. How much can he cut, take away and destroy before we are virtually in a shambles? He's done enough. It's time to get him out before our public service officers, our teachers and others are out of work by his hands. We should not cut education we should funnel as much money into that department as we can. We cannot shortcut our police, firefighters and other service agencies. We depend on them for our freedom just as we depend on our military. Please stop the madness. Let's get to work Florida on getting him out of office.
  • by Sarah Location: Local on Feb 23, 2011 at 09:37 PM
    I believe that the citizens are tired of government, that is the elected government not the grunts working their tails off to get a job done while they continuously demoralized and overworked. Yeah, I got home at 8:00 again.
  • by Zeek Location: Everywhere, FL on Feb 22, 2011 at 03:35 PM
    Is it any surprise that Mr. Scott thinks he has the ultimate and sole authority to run Florida like he ran a company? Oh that's right. He wants to allocate millions to his office for his discretion. Ripped off again?
  • by Not amused on Feb 19, 2011 at 06:23 PM
    8,700 employees to be terminated. Maybe you're not a State employee but the impact will reach much farther than most seem to realize. If there is a major lay off in Tallahassee, even more local PRIVATE businesses will be closing because there won't be customers. State workers are severely underpaid and took the positions knowing the were being PROMISED good benefits. Now the State is reneging on their promise.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 at 01:30 PM
    Franklin Thompson, This sounds like a threat to any DEM. that may get elected to a cabinet post. You do realize that there are more democrats that republicans in Florida?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 at 11:33 AM
    Kiki, Not indicted, impeached.
  • by @ Franklin on Feb 18, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    15,000,000 are sick of goverment and Dems are in the cross hairs. Nice phrase especially considering the shootings in Arizona. You say a small minority are Dem....why was the last governor election so close? One of the closet in history. Please check your facts rather than spout opinion as fact.
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