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MAYOR HANNEMANN APPROVES TWO PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENTS

Mayor Mufi Hannemann today approved a measure that will allow voters to decide whether to move forward with the City’s planned rail mass transit system.

The proposed Charter Amendment will ask voters whether the City’s Director of Transportation Services shall "establish a steel wheel on steel rail transit system." The measure clarifies that it would not preclude the director from utilizing technologies other than steel wheel on steel rail to complement or extend the rail transit system.

The City Council voted 8-to-0 on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 to place the proposed Charter Amendment on the November 4, 2008 General Election ballot.

Mayor Hannemann today approved a separate measure that will allow voters to decide on a Charter Amendment mandating that the circuit courts have jurisdiction over proceedings for impeachment of elected officers, in conformance with state law.

This proposed Charter Amendment was recommended for approval by the Honolulu Ethics Commission, and was also approved by the City Council on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 by a vote of 8-to-0.

Contact: Informational Affairs Officer Johnny Brannon, 527-5767

Friday, August 22, 2008

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