Politics, Election, Recall, Florida, Cabinet, Legislature, Elections, Rick Kriseman, Rick Scott, Carlos Alvarez

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami.com) – Governor Rick Scott has been in office for little more than a month,m but at least one state legislator thinks voters should have the right to recall him, and has filed bills in the Florida House to give voters that right.

The bills, filed by St. Petersburg Democrat Rick Kriseman, would set up a procedure to all voters to recall Scott or any governor, any member of the Florida Cabinet, or any Florida legislator.

While voters in Miami-Dade county are currently trying to recall Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas, there is no provision under state law to allow voters to do the same to state elected officials. House Bill 787 and House Joint Resolution 785 would change that.

Under the proposal, disaffected voters could create petitions seeking support for a recall. Signers equalling a minimum of 15% of the votes in the previous election would be needed to start a recall vote for Governor and Cabinet members, as well as signatures from every county in the state. To recall a legislator, signatures equal to 20% of the vote in that legislator’s last election would would be needed to start a recall.

Currently, a majority of states do not allow for state-level recall elections. In the unlikely event legislators voted to allow themselves to be pulled from office, Florida would be the 19th state to allow this.

“Engaged citizens deserve the tools to hold their public servants accountable without having to wait for the next election,” said Rep. Kriseman. “Honest and dedicated elected officials will have nothing to fear from the implementation of this important proposal.”

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

Comments (10)
  1. MiamiR says:

    How about not electing the morons in the first place?!

  2. JAB says:

    Let’s recall oBUMa first for wasting the last 2 years.

    1. george says:

      are you drinking the cool aid ? why is it all of you who hate OBAMA cannot spell ?……ah ,need a TEACHER ?

      1. justin says:

        ahhh, the messiah must have left your sarcasm blockers on.

        for real though, support this bill, everyone!

  3. Lynne says:

    There are a lot of politicians (RS for one) who lead alot of people to believe he would what the people wanted (jobs). If they don’t, they should be recalled.

  4. Nonunionteacher says:

    It’s only fair. Under his merit pay bill, I get recalled if I don’t perform!

  5. Dawnn Behrens says:

    Where can I sign the petition?

    1. GAIN AND AGAIN says:

      Make sure that the PETITIION is PUBLISHED. this man is a FELON and I could have told you that any TEA PARTIER, needs their HEAD SCREWED ON, AGAIN AND AGAIN, AND AGAIN.
      I for one would LOVE TO SIGN ONE FOR HIM, as well as all of the OTHER CROOKS IN GOVERNMENT!!!

  6. Ray says:

    Unfortunately, it seems that our elected officials believe they are no longer accountable to the voters of this state. They are focused on self-interest and the interests of their cronies, at the expense of the middle class. Well, I am have always considered myself a moderate Republican, but now I think that the party has swung so far to the extreme right that the only way we can draw their attention back is to recall a few of them. I cannot believe that our legislature is deregulating areas where we need consumer protection, and destroying our already fragile tax base. With all of these big-business tax give-aways and cutting needed government agencies, who do you think will have to pick up the economic tab? The struggling middle class and the retired population of Florida. I agreed that we need to awaken the state, and it should start by recalling the lunatic tea party creatures.

  7. peggy thomas says:

    The actions of this Governor will clearly show that his most important mission is to help his fellow oligarchs destroy the middle class by taking away all public schools, all bargaining rights, all environmental protections, affordable health care, medicare and social security.
    These actions will leave Americans totally enslaved by the rich corporations, wall street, and the large banks and insurance companies who are financing this implementation of a modern feudal system. Recall and vote them out!

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