Bill Would Allow Recall of Ohio Officials

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As Ohioans stewed over statewide budget cuts last week, two state representatives held an understated press conference to announce plans for a bill that would allow a recall of Governor John Kasich. In order to make the November ballot, the bill would require collection of signatures amounting to 15 percent of all votes cast in the last election — about 230,000 in all.

The duo, Democrats Mike Foley of Cleveland and Bob Hagan of Youngstown, plan to introduce the bill this week. Foley expects to get at least one committee hearing before having his work shoved back to the black hole of dead legislation by the Republicans who control the chamber.

“Obviously, this won’t get out of the House,” Foley says. “But Ohio likes the idea. I want to play up the fact that Kasich has miserable approval ratings. He’s an unpopular governor pushing down our throats far-right-wing ideas that are really controversial. It’s backfiring on him. Since he’s doing that, I’m going to push this. It’s my duty as a legislator to offer a means within confines of state law to deal with that problem.”

Foley says the idea occurred to him because people at ward meetings were asking why Ohio didn’t have a recall provision as so many other states do — including Wisconsin, where petitioners are now gathering signatures to recall state senators who voted to abolish union organizing rights.

And what will Foley do when the inevitable happens?

“We’ll look for other remedies that I’m not sure what they are right now.”

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