The head of the New York State Republican Party on Wednesday called for passage of reform legislation. State party chair, Nick Langworthy, says you should, too, regardless of your party affiliation.
"It's something that every democrat, republican, independent, conservative, liberal, no matter what stripe you're of, you should support it, because it holds people in power accountable," said Langworthy, in Albany.
The initiative, referendum and recall legislation would do the following:
- Allow voters to propose laws to be considered during general elections. (initiative)
- Place an already existing law on the ballot for New Yorkers to reject or accept. (referendum)
- Place the question of whether to remove and replace a statewide-elected officials such as the Governor, Comptroller and Attorney General on the ballot. (recall)
Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, has been pushing for recall legislation since 2009. Griffo explains how it would work.
"What would happen is, you would have a number of criteria, you would have a process, process would be that you would have to get so many signatures that would require that and then there's a referendum election on the individual, so what happens is you would say yay or nay to keeping that person in office and if more people say no than yes, then that person is removed or recalled," said Griffo.
Griffo says the legislation isn't exactly groundbreaking; more than 20 states have a recall provision. In a high profile case, a movie star went from Hollywood, to the helm of his state, by way of a recall.
"This has worked successfully in 24 other states. If you recall in California, Gov. Schwarzenegger was made governor because of the recall of the prior governor, Gray Davis," said Griffo.
There's no timeline on when the state legislature might vote on recall legislation. Griffo says a provision for localities to opt in would likely be part of it.