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Saturday, October 27, 2012
Voter Guide: Hawaii State and County Ballot Initiatives 2012
By Andrew Walden @ 10:34 PM :: 20908 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Several readers have asked for Hawai'i Free Press endorsements on State and County ballot initiatives.  Here is the complete guide:

 

Amendments to the State Constitution

RELATING TO DAMS AND RESERVOIRS     YES

RELATING TO RETIRED JUDGES               NO

 

 

 

 

Amendments to the Hawaii County Charter [view full text of amendments]

 

PROPOSAL #1 RECORDS AND MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

YES

PROPOSAL #2 PUBLIC ACCESS, OPEN SPACE, AND NATURAL RESOURCES PRESERVATION FUND

NO

PROPOSAL #3 PUBLIC ACCESS, OPEN SPACE, AND NATURAL RESOURCES PRESERVATION MAINTENANCE FUND

NO

PROPOSAL #4 ESTABLISHING SPECIAL FUNDS

NO

PROPOSAL #5 ELIGIBILITY FOR REDISTRICTING COMMISSIONERS TO BE CANDIDATES FOR COUNTY COUNCIL

YES

PROPOSAL #6 ESTABLISHING A GAME MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION

YES

 

Amendments to the Honolulu County Charter

 

PROPOSAL #1 RELATING TO GRANTS IN AID (Link: Full Text)  (Article)

NO

PROPOSAL #2 RELATING TO CREATION OF FUNDS (Link: Full Text)  (Article)

NO

 

Amendments to the Kauai County Charter [view full text of amendments]

 

Should the mayor’s salary be established by the Salary Commission?”

YES

“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?”

NO

“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?”

YES

“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?”

YES

“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?”

YES

“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?”

YES

“Should the waiting period be eliminated before the council’s salary changes
become effective?”

NO

“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?”

NO

Amendments to the Maui County Charter [view full text of amendments]

 

Council Four Year Terms

NO

Ocean Rescue and Safety

YES

County Auditor

YES

Interactive Communications

YES

Charter Revision Publication

YES

Council Residency Requirement

NO

Mayor Residency Requirement

NO

Environmental Management

NO

Annual Evaluation

YES

Preamble

YES

Unexpired Term, Term Limits

NO

**NOTE: For amendments to the STATE CONSTITUTION, a blank vote = “NO” vote

For amendments to COUNTY CHARTERS, a blank vote = a blank vote (neither a “YES” or “NO”)

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