Proposed Legislation Would Allow Ohio Recall Elections

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Imagine having the power to take disatisfying government officials out of office before their terms end.

Today State Representatives John Becker, a Republican and Bob Hagan, a Democrat, announced a joint resolution that would allow voters to do just that with recall elections.

If passed, the proposed legislation would allow voters to take government leaders out of office from municipal all the way up to state levels of government.

Becker and Hagan say the legislation would give power to the people.

"For me it’s a matter of accountability and for people to hold their politicians responsible, accountable, hold their feet to the fire. Essentially it provides more power to the people," said Becker.

Rep. Hagan said, "I think it’s important that we give again the opportunity or the electorate to question the elected officials, to bring them up in front of other people and do everything they can, to be engaged, and of course the end result could be the threat of a recall."

The proposed legislation is still very new and has not been discussed in the house chamber yet. 

Becker and Hagan said they suspect opposition from fellow lawmakers.

Hagan has made similar attempts in the past for election recall which were unsuccessful. 

Caleigh Bourgeois is a fellow in Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau. Follow her on Twitter @caleighreports.