Legislation addresses state’s lack of recall process for state elected officials
AUGUSTA – Rep. Justin Chenette has submitted legislation to establish a recall process for state elected officials including the governor.
“It’s become clear that House Republican leadership is holding up our ability to convene a special session of the Legislature to hold the governor accountable,” said Chenette, D-Saco. “Let’s give the power to the people by providing the public an extra tool of governmental accountability, especially when other elected officials fail to hold each other and each branch of government to task.”
Recall is a procedure that allows citizens to remove and replace a public official before the end of a term of office.
If passed, Maine would join 19 other states plus the District of Columbia to permit the recall of state elected officials.
Chenette, a member of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, is serving his second term in the Maine Legislature and represents part of Saco.