Committee considers recall amendment

Republicans want to allow recalls for felony or ethics violations
Committee considers recall amendment

Republicans are bringing a proposal to amend the Wisconsin Constitution to permit recalls of elected officials only if they’ve been charged with a felony or accused of an ethics violation to the Assembly’s elections committee.

The amendment’s chief sponsor, Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, was one of four GOP state senators who survived recall attempts in 2011 after they supported Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious bill stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights.

Committee member Rep. Fred Kessler told the panel during a public hearing Tuesday the amendment would strip people of their right to express their anger over officials’ decisions. He also complained voters wouldn’t be able to recall officials who drive drunk.

The amendment must pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a statewide referendum to take effect.