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Maryland lawmakers may consider recall

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January 10, 2011

By Kyle Maichle

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland: State Delegate Barbara Frush will be planning to introduce legislation that would allow Maryland citizens to recall elected officials. Frush's proposal would allow for recall to be used if a elected official is charged with a crime.[1]

Frush is concerned that the idea of recall has not received a lot of support from her colleagues in the House of Delegates. However, there is support for recall from constituents in her district located in Prince George's County, near the District of Columbia border. The Hillandale Gardens Citizens Association, located in Brush's district, has pushed for recall in the past as the county has dealt with politicians involved in illegal activities while in office.[1]

Under current law, the Governor has the power to remove elected officials at the state level who have pleaded guilty or were convicted of a crime. At the county level, a council can only remove elected officials if a physical or mental disability prevents them from carrying out the duties of their respective offices.[1]

Details about the proposed bill have not been released as Frush is drafting legislation. The Delegate said that she must determine how recall elections would be administered before proceeding with any legislation.[1]

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