Residents in Oklahoma can soon petition for recalling officials
TULSA, Oklahoma: On April 24, 2012, The Governor of Oklahoma signed House Bill 2449. The original bill would have given residents the ability to start petitions and seek the recall of elected officials at the state and municipal levels. The Bill will not go into effect until July 1, 2012. The original bill would have added Oklahoma to the small group of states which allow residents to petition for recalls; only 19 other states allow for recalls. The bill would have allowed for petition efforts to have 90 days to collect signatures from at least 15% of voters in the last general election. House Representative Danny Morgan was the legislator who introduced the recall amendment to the bill in the house. Morgan had noted that his constituents had mentioned that they would like the ability to petition for recalls. When asked what the fiscal impact would be for allowing recalls, Morgan commented that while State recall efforts could end up being costly, if residents were willing to collect all the signatures needed then he thought the cost was worth the effort.
The Bill which ultimately got signed by the Governor though did not contain the amendment for recalls, so Oklahoman residents will not be able to recall their officials.