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House looks at potential recall of officials
First Published Feb 25 2014 07:01 pm • Last Updated Feb 25 2014 08:23 pm

Utah voters could decide in November if they want to add a provision to the Utah Constitution allowing citizens to recall state officials.

The recall proposal from Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, arose from the scandal that ultimately drove Attorney General John Swallow from office.

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Currently, the only way to remove an official from office is through impeachment.

The proposal, now on its way to the full House, would only allow for the recall of the governor, attorney general, state auditor or treasurer, and would not apply to legislators.

How that recall might work, however, remains unclear. Froerer proposed a framework that would entail getting petition signatures totaling 10 percent of the votes cast in the previous statewide election — more than 100,000 signatures in all.

While the proposal to put the constitutional amendment on the ballot was approved by the House Government Operations Committee, committee members had concerns about how the recall would work and asked Froerer to polish his companion bill and return to the committee.

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