Saturday, March 28, 2020

Utah Lawmaker Introduces Legislation to Recall U.S. Senators

A Utah lawmaker has introduced legislation to recall U.S. senators in what some are calling a swipe at Trump critic Mitt Romney.

Rep. Tim Quinn’s bill would create a mechanism by which a recall vote could make the ballot after meeting a certain threshold.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson has more:
 

Romney has been under pressure from Republicans for his seeming willingness to buck President Trump, especially amid impeachment proceedings. Specifically, Romney has been open to hearing witnesses in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial at a time when most Republicans are in favor of a fast acquittal of the president. 

Romney has been under pressure from Republicans for his seeming willingness to buck President Trump, especially amid impeachment proceedings. Specifically, Romney has been open to hearing witnesses in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial at a time when most Republicans are in favor of a fast acquittal of the president.

The bill, if passed, would likely face a constitutional challenge.

An Arkansas effort to impose term limits on its representatives was struck down by the Supreme Court in 1995, with the majority opinion saying that states are not authorized to add requirements for individuals to qualify for federal office — specifically, in that case, not having served in that body for a certain amount of time. Requiring senators to avoid a recall to keep their seats might run afoul of that same principle.

 

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