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Two Constitutional Amendments to Be on November Ballot

There will be two proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot in the November General Election. One concerns changing our elected school board to an appointed one. The other deals with state surpluses. We discussed our position which supports an elected school board at our August 14th State Council meeting, and affirmed our support of that position.

It was in early 1970 that League conducted its study and its position for elected school boards at some level of government was reached in late spring of 1970, in time to oppose proposed ballot amendments by the 1970 Legislature to eliminate the constitutional provision for an elected state Board of Education and to remove the provision that the Board would appoint the state superintendent. Voters rejected the proposals and reportedly, League was widely credited with influencing the vote.

The first question on the ballot will be:

“Shall the Board of Education be changed to a board appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, as provided by law?”

The second question will be:

"Shall the legislature be provided with the choice, when the state general fund balance at the close of each of two successive fiscal years exceeds five per cent of the general fund revenues for each of the two fiscal years, to provide a tax refund or tax credit to the taxpayers of the State, or to make a deposit into one or more funds, as provided by law, which shall serve as temporary supplemental sources of funding for the State in times of an emergency, economic downturn, or unforeseen reduction in revenue?"

For the first question, the enabling legislation which included all of the details was vetoed by the governor. Proposed constitutional amendments are not subject to veto.

Jean Aoki

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