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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 7, 2019 01:19 PM
From: Representative William C. Kortz, II
To: All House members
Subject: Allowing for Recall Elections
The people elect individuals to represent them at all levels of government, doing so with the belief that public officials will have their best interests at heart. As we know, cases arise where these trusted officials abuse their power and fail to serve the public good. Unfortunately, in such instances, the public is incapable of removing these officials from office.

Twenty-nine states combat this issue by allowing for recall elections at either the state or local level, which provide the people direct authority to remove a public official from office. Sadly, our state is not one of these.

While Pennsylvania law empowers the state legislature to impeach elected officials, the process is difficult and completely discounts the will of the average citizen. The general citizenry lacks sufficient means to hold their elected officials accountable.

It is past time that we give power back to the people. To do so, I hope you will join me in supporting the following two pieces of legislation that will allow for recall elections in our state.

Document #1

Introduced as HB1651

Description: Document 1
This legislation will amend the Pennsylvania Constitution by allowing for recall by voters.

Document #2

Introduced as HB1652

Description: Document 2
This bill will amend Title 65 (Public Officers) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to establish the process for initiating and holding recall elections.