After being the first House Republican to publicly call on House Speaker Ray Sansom to step aside, Miami Republican Rep. J.C. Planas is now raising a new concern: Sansom's temporary recusal isn't permitted.
Sansom cited an inability to act as his reasons for his "recusal" The "inability" language is pulled straight from House rule 2.5 titled "Appointment of a Temporary Presiding Officer," which says the "Speaker pro tempore shall exercise the duties, powers, and prerogatives of the Speaker in the event of the Speaker's death, illness, removal or inability to act, until the Speaker's successor is elected."
But Planas said there's "nothing in the House rules that allow a speaker to have a temporary inability. There's nothing about a recusal, either." But then, nothing prohibits a temporary inability or recusal, either.
Planas also points to the first sentence of rule 2.5, which says the "Speaker may appoint any member to perform the duties of presiding officer for a temporary period of time not to extend beyond a single legislative day." But then, that likely applies to those presiding over floor votes, not the day-to-day running of the House.
So, Planas said, Sansom will have to re-appoint Speaker Pro Tem Larry Cretul every day. Planas said he has a better idea.