Friday, August 17, 2007

Recall of local officials is Constitutional

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A constitutional amendment is not needed to recall local officeholders, but two area General Assembly members said they are not inclined to seek passage of a bill that would give local residents that option.

The Tennessee attorney general's office issued an opinion stating that a constitutional amendment is not needed for recall elections of local elected officials because the Tennessee General Assembly could pass a law allowing recall of those officeholders.

Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, said he would follow the sentiment of his district in deciding whether to support recall legislation. So far, he said, he has heard from more people who oppose such a measure.

"We can recall these guys every time we have an election anyway," Rep. Floyd said.

State Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, said he requested the opinion after reading about local tax opponents who said they wanted to recall county officials who supported a countywide property tax increase this year.

"No one contacted me about this," he said. "I asked the question just out of curiosity myself."