This column originally appeared in The Tampa Tribune
BY CHRIS INGRAM
Published: March 22, 2011
State Representative Rick Kriseman of St. Petersburg recently introduced a very simple, short and plainly-worded four-page bill that would hold elected officials more accountable and give voters the opportunity to undo their mistakes.
Specifically, the bill would give voters the opportunity to recall statewide elected officials and members of the Florida Legislature.
Kriseman says it was a coincidence that his bill, HR 787, was filed the same day Gov. Rick Scott effectively killed high-speed rail in Florida (which Kriseman supports). I tend to believe Kriseman. However short, legislative bills aren’t normally born in a day. Besides, there are more than enough examples of elected officials in Florida who need to be recalled. Kriseman didn’t need Scott to be the poster child for recalling elected officials, though he admits the timing didn’t hurt interest in his effort.