Kauai charter could become more difficult to alter

Published: Apr. 29, 2014 at 1:11 PM HST
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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A Kauai Charter Review Commission member wants to make it tougher to alter the county's charter.

Commission Vice Chair Jan TenBruggencate has introduced a proposal that would quadruple the number of signatures required to petition an amendment to the charter. He wants to change that number from 5 percent to 20 percent of registered voters.

The Garden Island reports the commission discussed and deferred the proposal for one month.

TenBruggencate says changing the basic organizational document of county government should be more difficult than passing a law.

Commissioner Ed Justus says he can't imagine voters backing something that makes it harder to change their government.

Petitioning an amendment with the proper amount of signatures puts an item on the ballot for voters to consider.

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