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Charter Commission
2005-2006

Donn M. Takaki
Chair

Jeffrey T. Mikulina
Vice Chair

James C. Pacopac
Secretary

Jim Myers
Treasurer
 

Andrew I.T. Chang
Gerald L. Coffee

E. Gordon Grau, Ph.D.

Amy H. Hirano

Jared N. Kawashima

Darolyn H. Lendio

Stephen E. Meder, Arch.D.

Jan N. Sullivan

Malcolm J. Tom

Chuck T. Narikiyo
Executive Administrator

 

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Charter Question 12

On the November 2006 ballot:  Should the Charter be amended to also provide public notice by electronic medium and for housekeeping amendments (i) to conform to current functions and operation, (ii) to conform to legal requirements, (iii) to correct an inadvertent omission, and (iv) for clarity?

(a) Revise the powers, duties, and functions of the Director of Information Technology;
(b) Include the Director of Customer Services in the list of department heads to be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council and may be removed by the Mayor;
(c) Include the reference to the Hawaii Constitution prohibition on Ethics Commission members from taking active part in political campaigns;
(d) Delete the unconstitutional prohibition on political campaigning by Police Department employees;
(e) Delete the Civil Defense Administrator from the list of department heads to be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council and who may be removed by the Mayor;
(f) Delete the requirement of Social Security numbers on petitions for recall, ordinances by initiative, and charter amendments;
(g) Require public notices to also be distributed via electronic medium.

Vote YES or NO

Digest of the proposed amendment:

This ballot question combines seven items.  One item is to also provide public notice by electronic medium and the remaining items are housekeeping amendments to conform to current functions and operations, to conform to legal requirements, to correct an inadvertent omission and for clarity.  If the proposal passes: 

(a)  Language regarding the Department of Information Technology would be modernized to use terms such as "information technology" and "telecommunications" instead of "data processing."
(b)  To correct an inadvertent omission, the Director of Customer Services will be included in the list of department heads to be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council and may be removed by the Mayor.
(c)  For clarification, the Charter would include a reference to the Hawaii State Constitution prohibition on Ethics Commission members from taking an active part in political campaigns.
(d)  To conform to a court decision, the unconstitutional prohibition on political campaigning by Police Department employees would be deleted from the Charter.
(e)  To conform to legal requirements, the Civil Defense Administrator would be deleted from the list of department heads who are appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council and may be removed by the Mayor.
(f)  To conform to federal law, the requirement of Social Security numbers on petitions for recall, ordinances by initiative, and charter amendments would be deleted.
(g)  In addition to the requirement that public notice be published in a newspaper of general circulation, public notices would be required to be distributed via an electronic medium.

Full text of the proposed amendment:

 Question 12 - Proposed Amendment Full Text (PDF)

 

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