Omaha Public Radio News
9:21 am
Thu January 20, 2011

State Senator wants voters to be able to recall state officials

Omaha, NE – State Senator Pete Pirsch is backing legislation that would allow Nebraska voters to recall elected state officials.

Pirsch introduced the legislation Wednesday. If it passes, voters could recall state Senators and Constitutional Officers. Senator Pirsch says the goal of his legislation is to bring parity to a system that right now only allows for the recall of local officials.

A recall of state officials would work much the same way as it does at the local level. A certain number of verified petition signatures would be required. Once those signatures are verified, the official would be notified of the need for a recall election, and would have the opportunity to resign. If he or she chooses not to, a recall election would be set within 30 to 45 days.

Omaha voters decide next Tuesday if Mayor Jim Suttle should be recalled.