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2012 General Election Charter Amendments

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State of Hawaii

H.B. No. 2594, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, C.D. 1

PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE VII, SECTION 12, OF THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION TO ASSIST DAM AND RESERVOIR OWNERS.

"Shall the State be authorized to issue special purpose revenue bonds and use the proceeds from the bonds to assist dam and reservoir owners to make their facilities compliant with current safety standards?"

S.B. 650, H.D. 1

PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE VI, SECTION 3, OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII AUTHORIZING THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE STATE SUPREME COURT TO APPOINT RETIRED JUDGES TO SERVE AS EMERITUS JUDGES.

"Shall the chief justice of the state supreme court appoint judges who have retired upon attaining the age of seventy years as emeritus judges, permitting the appointed judges to serve as temporary judges in courts no higher than the court level they reached prior to retirement and for terms not to exceed three months per each appointment?"

Oahu

CR 12-44 Relating to Grants in Aid

INITIATING AMENDMENTS TO THE REVISED CHARTER OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU 1973, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO GRANTS IN AID.

"Should a minimum of one-half of one percent of annual general fund revenues be appropriated for grants in aid to be awarded by the City to federal income tax exempt non-profit organizations to provide services to economically and/or socially disadvantaged populations or provide services for public benefit in the areas of the arts, culture, economic development or the environment?"

CR 12-113 Relating to Creation of Funds

INITIATING AMENDMENTS TO THE REVISED CHARTER OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU 1973, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE CREATION OF FUNDS.

"Shall the Revised City Charter be amended to authorize the City Council, on its own initiative or on the recommendation of the Mayor, to establish funds to ensure that, when appropriate, moneys collected by the City from licenses, fees, taxes and other revenue sources are set aside and expended for their intended public purposes?"

Big Island

BALLOT QUESTION - Proposal No. 1: Records and Meetings Open to the Public

Shall the County Charter be amended to repeal existing provisions relating to publication of notices of meetings of the council, boards or commissions to be replaced with: "The council, board or commission shall provide notice of any regular, special, rescheduled or emergency meeting according to the provisions of the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes"?

BALLOT QUESTION - Proposal No. 2: Public Access, Open Space, and Natural Resources Preservation Fund Shall the Hawai‘i County Charter's provisions relating to the Public Access, Open Space, and Natural Resources Preservation Fund be amended to:

• Raise the minimum required contribution into the Public Access, Open Space, and Natural resources Preservation Fund from a minimum of one percent (1%) of real property tax revenue (including penalty and interest) to two percent (2%) of real property tax revenue (including penalty and interest);

• Require a restrictive covenant be placed in the deed transferring the acquired land or easement as follows: "This (land/easement) was acquired with moneys from the Public Access, Open Space, and Natural Resources Preservation Fund. It shall be held in perpetuity for the use and enjoyment of the people of Hawai‘i County and may not be sold, mortgaged, traded or transferred in any way."; and

• Make clear that the funds may only be used to purchase land or easements, and not for any other purpose?

BALLOT QUESTION - Proposal No. 3: Public Access, Open Space, and Natural Resources Preservation Maintenance Fund Shall the Hawai‘i County Charter be amended by creating a Public Access, Open Space,and Natural Resources Preservation Maintenance Fund, which would:

• Require that one-quarter of one percent (.25%) of real property tax revenue (including penalty and interest) be deposited into this fund for the maintenance and preservation of lands acquired using the Public Access, Open Space, and Natural Resources Preservation Fund;

• Set a $3,000,000 cap on the accrual of deposits into this fund from real property tax revenue (including penalty and interest);

• Prohibit the use of the fund for planning, design, development, or construction of new buildings, roads, and facilities; and

• Create a stewardship grant program to allow the County Council to provide grant money from this fund to nonprofit organizations to maintain and preserve these lands?

BALLOT QUESTION - Proposal No. 4: Establishing Special Funds

Shall the Hawai‘i County Charter be amended to allow the County Council to create special funds without first obtaining the recommendation of the Mayor?

BALLOT QUESTION - Proposal No. 5: Eligibility for Redistricting Commissioners to be Candidates for County Council

Shall section 3-17, County Redistricting Commission, of the Hawai‘i County Charter be amended by adding the following, to take effect after the 2021 Redistricting Plan: "(i) Nomember of the redistricting commission shall be eligible to become a candidate for election to the County Council in the first election under any such redistricting plan"?

BALLOT QUESTION - Proposal No. 6: Establishing a Game Management Advisory Commission

Shall the Hawai‘i County Charter be amended to create a Game Management Advisory Commission that would advise County, State, and Federal agencies on matters related to the preservation of subsistence hunting and fishing, protection of traditional and cultural gathering rights, and the taking and conservation of aquatic life and wildlife?

Maui County

MAUI: Commission: Council Terms

Should Section 3-2.5 and Article 15 of the Charter be amended to lengthen the terms of Council Members from two (2) to four (4) years, with term limits of three(3) consecutive terms, whether such terms are two (2) or four (4) years,beginning on January 2, 2015, with terms to be staggered?

MAUI: Commission: Ocean Rescue and Safety

Should Section 8-7.4 of the Charter be amended to assign shoreline and ocean rescue and safety to the Department of Fire and Public Safety?

MAUI: Commission: County Auditor

Should the Charter be amended to establish an independent Office of the County Auditor, to provide for the appointment and removal of an independent County Auditor by the County Council, to define the County Auditor's duties and powers in order to increase accountability and efficiency of County operations, to attach the Cost of Government Commission as an advisory board to the County Auditor, and to make other clarifying, conforming, transitional, and related amendments?

MAUI: Commission: Interactive Communication

Should Article 3, County Council, of the Charter be amended to require interactive communications access for public testimony at all County Council and County Council committee meetings for the residents of Hana, Lana'i, Moloka'i and other geographic areas as the Council deems appropriate and reasonable?

MAUI: Commission: Charter Revision Publication

Should Article 14 of the Charter be amended to add a new section to require that the Maui County Charter be revised and published to include all new significant amendments adopted?

 

MAUI: Commission: Council Residency Requirement

Should Section 3-3 of the Charter be amended to increase the time period for residency requirements in the County of Maui, and from the area which the person seeks to be elected from 90 days to 1 year before a candidate for council files nomination papers?

MAUI: Commission: Mayor Residency Requirement

Should Section 7-3 of the Charter be amended to increase the time period for

residency requirement in the County of Maui from 90 days to 1 year before a candidate for Mayor files nomination papers?

MAUI: Commission: Environmental Management

Should Section 8-15.3 of the Charter be amended to add the following to the Powers, Duties and Functions of the Director of the Department of Environmental Management:

Guide efforts to optimize opportunities for environmental, natural resource protection, sustainability, conservation, and restoration?

MAUI: Commission: Annual Evaluation

Should Chapters 7 (Department of Fire and Public Safety), 9 (Department of Personnel Services), 12 (Department of Police), and 13 (Department of Liquor Control) of Article 8 of the Charter be amended to provide consistency in the process in which the various commissions of the listed departments that appoint its directors or chiefs handle the evaluation and removal of its directors or chiefs?

MAUI: Commission: Preamble

Should the Preamble of the Charter be amended to add that the people of the County of Maui being mindful of their Hawaiian history, heritage and culture and uniqueness as a four island County shall dedicate their efforts to fulfill the philosophy decreed by the Hawaii State motto, "Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono," ["The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness."]?

MAUI: Council: Unexpired Term

Shall the Charter be amended to clarify that a council member who fills a vacancy in office for the remainder of an unexpired term shall not have the remainder of the unexpired term counted toward the maximum number of consecutive terms the council member may serve?

 

Kauai

RELATING TO SECTION 7.03 - THE MAYOR'S COMPENSATION

"Should the mayor's salary be established by the Salary Commission?"

MEMBER TERMS

"Should a county board or commission member whose term is ending be allowed to serve on a different county board or commission without being required to wait one year?"

RELATING TO SECTION 1.03 - THE ELECTION OF COUNTY OFFICERS

"Should a candidate for county council be required to run in the general election even though the candidate received at least thirty percent of the votes cast in the primary election?"

RELATING TO SECTION 22.03 - SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR

INTIATIVES AND REFERENDUM PETITIONS

"Should it be clarified that an initiative or referendum petition must be signed by registered voters comprising the established percentage of the number of voters registered in the last election?"

RELATING TO SECTION 24.01 - SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR

CHARTER AMENDMENTS

"Should it be clarified that a petition for a charter amendment must be signed by registered voters comprising the established percentage of the number of voters registered in the last election?"

RELATING TO SECTION 29.03 – SALARY COMMISSION

"Should the Salary Commission establish maximum salaries for officers, which shall include the Prosecuting Attorney and all deputies, and allow for elected officers to accept salaries lower than the maximum?"

RELATING TO SECTION 29.05 – SALARY COMMISSION

"Should the waiting period be eliminated before the council's salary changes become effective?"

RELATING TO SECTIONS 19.02 AND 19.07 – BUDGET PROCEDURES

"Shall the provisions be deleted that allow the mayor, after submitting the proposed annual budget, to submit suggested budget modifications before the council enacts the annual budget?"

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