Thursday, January 20, 2022

Missouri: State Representative amends proposed school board recall law to lower signature requirement

State Representative Chuck Basye (R) has cut down the amount of signatures needed in his proposed law adding school boards to the list of officials available to face a recall vote in Missouri. Bayse's earlier version went with 25% of turnout. He now is looking for 10% of turnout. He has also proposed allowing lawsuits against school boards for willful neglect or refusing to perform certain duties.

Currently, the recall is limited to third-class cities, fire districts and ambulance districts (here's a long post from 2015 on Missouri's recall law). Bayse is promoting the idea due to complaints about the school boards' efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic with distance learning. 

There are two bills that would extend the recall to county commissioners, one by State Representative Doug Richey (R) that would require a 60 percent supermajority to vote out and a second one by State Representative Mark Ellebracht (D), which would need just a straight majority voting for an ouster.

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