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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: June 30, 2020 10:25 AM
From: Representative Martina A. White
To: All House members
Subject: Allowing for the Recall of Elected Executive Branch Officials
 
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation that will allow for voters to file a petition to remove a sitting Governor, Attorney General, Mayor, or District Attorney from office.
 
Holders of these offices hold nearly unilateral authority over certain policy matters. When these officials use that power to implement policies contrary to the public interests and public safety, voters should be provided with the authority to remove that official from office at any time. My legislation provides a mechanism for this.
 
To initiate the process, a circulator must first gather signatures of electors equal to 25% of the total votes cast for the position in question in the preceding election. The office holder who is subject to the recall petition will be given 10 days to opt to resign and, if they do not, a recall election will be scheduled within 60 to 90 days from the expiration of that period. If a majority of electors vote to in favor of the recall question, that official will be removed from office.
 
Please join me in supporting this important legislation.



Introduced as HB2656