State lawmakers are proposing an amendment that would create a way to summon elected officials

State lawmakers are proposing an amendment that would create a way to summon elected officials

On Friday, November 19, two Republican lawmakers introduced identical proposed constitutional amendments that could create a way to summon county commissioners and other elected county officials. Senator Joe Grotters, Republican of Sarasota, and Representative Jair Williamson, Republican of Pace, submitted the measures (SJR 1004 and HJR 663) for consideration during the 2022 legislative session, which begins in January.

If approved, the motion would authorize the legislature to create a way to summon county commissioners, mayors, tax collectors, property appraisers, election supervisors and court clerks. The motion does not specify how this impeachment process would work, saying only that it would allow the legislature to “provide under common law the summons of county officers and commissioners.” If lawmakers approve the proposal, it will be put to the November 2022 ballot, when it would need the support of 60 percent of voters to pass.

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