Wisconsin Republicans Propose Recall Rule Changes

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin have proposed measures to make it harder for voters to recall elected officials, and the legislature will consider the bills in an initial vote on Thursday, according to the Washington Post.

The first proposed measure would only allow voters to recall an official who has committed an ethics violation or committed a crime punishable by a year or more in prison.

The second proposal would allow voters to only recall a legislative official if he or she has bee accused of malfeasance.

“There has to be some standard, where there has to at least be a firm accusation with some type of foundation of credibility,” state Rep. David Craig (R) told the Washington Post in support of the bills.

After the initial votes Thursday, the first measure regarding statewide officials would need to pass additional votes and be placed on the ballot as a referendum in 2014, according to the Post. The second bill, which applies to legislative officials, would not need a popular vote, according to Reuters

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) survived a tough recall election in June 2012 after he stripped most collective bargaining rights from Wisconsin public employees, provoking backlash from Democrats.

 

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