Friday, October 9, 2020

Massachusetts: Holyoke City Council passes recall provision, mayor set to veto

Holyoke City Council passed a recall election provision 11-2, one which it's Charter and Rules Committee recommended. Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, who recently lost a race for Congress against Ways & Means Chairman Richard Neal, has said he will veto it. Regardless, it would need to be approved by the state legislature. Neal faced a recall effort after heavily disputed claims of inappropriate behavior during his time as a lecturer at UMass. 

Several prior attempts to enact a recall were rejected by Morse.

In 2017, the mayor's term moved from 2 to 4 years, but he refused to sign a plan to also put in a recall law.  

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