I received this reply from a fellow Blogger user who replied to my latest blog entry on Florida Governor Rick Scott about a web site in operation which is an initiative to have Florida's 45th Governor, Rick Scott, recalled from office. The web site is recallrickscott.net.
Unfortunately, the process of recalling a Governor of the State of Florida from office is not defined. Florida has a recall process, but it only applies to local officials within Florida. A bill in the Florida House of Representatives authored by Florida State Representative Rick Kriseman of St. Petersburg - HJR 785 - will call for an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Florida to allow for recall of the Governor and other high ranking Florida officials from office. Only the passage of HJR 785 and the eventual approval of the amendment by the voters of this great state will get this recall process going.
We need to get HJR 785 passed and this constitutional amendment passed as soon as possible, not in 2012 when Rick Scott will more than likely have done a substantial amount of damage to Florida's economy.
In the meantime, here's what you need to do as a Floridian to bring back government to the people, not to Corporate America and Corporate Florida:
Here is a link to a list of representatives in the Florida House of Representatives. What you need to do is to write your state representative expressing your support for HJR 785. Now you are asking yourself, how do I know who my state representative is?
It's very simple: Look on your voter information card that your county's Supervisor of Elections sent you. It will have the district number of your state representative printed on it. If you are not sure you can always telephone your county's supervisor of elections or visit their web site.
Pinellas County: http://www.votepinellas.com/ or (727) 464-6788
Hillsborough County: http://www.votehillsborough.org/ or (813) 744-5900
For other Florida counties: Link to Florida Department of State's Division of Elections list of county Supervisors of Elections page
The staff of your county's Supervisor of Elections office will help you in determining who your Florida state representative is. When you call or write your state representative, tell them that you support HJR 785 in order to make our state officials such as our Governor accountable to the people of this great state. If you would like to write a letter to your elected representative and you don't know how to begin writing, here's a sample letter from the recallrickscott.net website shown below (of course, you can edit it as you like):
I’m writing to let you know that because I am deeply disappointed in the recent actions of our new Governor, and because I support the right of a state’s citizens to hold our elected officials accountable, I am urging you to give HJR785 your full support.
Rick Scott is bad news for Florida — legislators from both parties agree that his decision to scratch the long-awaited high-speed rail project was ill-advised, indefensible and unconscionable, especially considering Florida’s current unemployment rate and the fact that 25% of our revenue comes from the tourism industry.
I hope you will support not only HJR785, but any further actions aimed at the recall of Gov. Scott.
Please let your Florida state representative know today - we Floridians have a chance to save our state from major economic ruin so much that we cannot pick up the pieces. And if you have already contacted your representative, you are more than welcome to report your contact to your Florida representative simply by posting a reply.
And thanks to genepool3 for sending me the link!
I wrote to my legislator and I would like to share the response I received from Representative Jeff Brandes, who is the state representative from my district:
I want to thank you for taking the time to let me know your thoughts on HB 787. Holding our elected officials accountable is no doubt a serious issue and is precisely why frequent and fair elections are so important to our Republic. Recalling elected officials is not something I take lightly and I appreciate your willingness to let me know where you stand. I will absolutely keep in mind your points as research the bill, talk to other members, and I have an opportunity to speak on potential legislation. Thank you again for reaching out and please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything we can do for you.
Rep. Jeff Brandes
Thank you Representative Brandes for your prompt reply to my message!
You need to document pro/con legislators, let them know they will be monitored on these measures, that their votes will be recorded, and a report distributed just before any future elections. You have to do something like that or they will vote it down. Best of luck, to us all...
I'll keep an eye on the legislators that support HJR 785 as well as those legislators that want to support the destruction of the State of Florida with Rick Scott. Of course it will be a major factor come November 2012 when the general election rolls around.
By the way, did you boo Rick Scott at the Rays' home opener on 4/1/11 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg? You bet I did.
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