Press Release

September 29, 2021
For Additional Information Contact:
Ethan Rarick, Executive Director
(510) 205-8042

Little Hoover Commission to Study Reform of California’s Recall System

The Little Hoover Commission – a bipartisan, independent citizens commission working to improve state government – will hold hearings this fall to study whether California’s recall system should be changed.

The Commission voted unanimously at its business meeting on September 27 to proceed with a study on recall reform. The study will begin with public hearings, and conclude with recommendations to the Governor and Legislature as to whether the recall system should be changed, and if so, how.

“As a bipartisan commission dedicated to bettering California government, we are uniquely suited to study this issue,” said Commission Chair Pedro Nava, who also serves as chair of the recall study’s subcommittee. “Our Commission includes Democrats, Republicans, and non-partisans. Our diverse experiences and perspectives will be crucial as we consider whether the recall system serves Californians in the best way possible.”     

The Commission is currently determining dates for its public hearings on recall reform, at which it hopes to hear from a broad range of stakeholders, including elected officials, voter advocates, academic experts, and more.

“We are committed to ensuring that California’s recall process works as efficiently and effectively as possible,” said Vice Chair Sean Varner, member of the study’s subcommittee. “We look forward to robust discussions that will shed light on this important issue.”  

All hearings will be held by Zoom and will stream live on the Little Hoover Commission Facebook page. Additional information will be available at a later date on the Commission’s website,

About the Little Hoover Commission

The Little Hoover Commission is America’s only permanent, independent citizens commission working to improve state government. A nonpartisan oversight agency created in 1962, the Commission includes 13 Commissioners appointed by the Governor and legislative leaders. The Commission’s mission is to investigate state operations and promote efficiency, economy and improved service.