State Representative Rick Kriseman (D-St. Petersburg) announced Wednesday afternoon that he was filing legislation to create a provision to recall state officials.
According to a press release, Kriseman’s legislation would allow the public to recall state legislators, members of the cabinet, governor and lieutenant governor.
“Engaged citizens deserve the tools to hold their public servants accountable without having to wait for the next election,” Kriseman said. “Honest and dedicated elected officials will have nothing to fear from the implementation of this important proposal, and I am confident that my colleagues will support its passage.”
If the legislature approves Kriseman’s resolution, voters would get to decide the final fate of the measure during the November 2012 election.
House Joint Resolution 785 would allow the public to recall a state official by petition. It would require that signatures be collected in all 67 Florida counties. The signatures would need to equal 15 percent of the total votes cast in the last election for office.
To recall a member the house or senate, signatures totaling 20 percent of the total votes in the last election would be required.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 18 states now permit the recall of state officials.
Kriseman service Florida House District 53, which includes parts of Pinellas County.