Sept. 15, 2017 Friday

By:  Karen Cobeen

We have been asked why Hawai’i does not have Citizen Initiative for its voters already.  It’s a great question.  The Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau (or LRB) has provided us with a non-partisan study they did of Hawaii’s last Constitutional Convention in 1978.  The entire document (88 pgs) is really interesting.   But go to the pdf counter page 61 where discussion begins on initiatives.  Supporter and opposition views are laid out.  We found it interesting that those who opposed this voter right felt citizens were not equipped or responsible enough to handle this responsibility (I have paraphrased here).  http://lrbhawaii.org/concon78/art15.pdf

 

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