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President's Page (Mary George)
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Welcome to Our New Members
Red China Study
Report: City and County Jail (Jane D. Hewitt)
If you missed it in the newspapers, and if you aren't a subscriber to the Legislative Newsletter, you may give a belated admiring whistle for the House of Representatives. On March 31 they passed, by a margin of 47 to 1, H.B. 6 -- the only code of ethics bill ever to pass either house of Hawaii's Legislature. The bill, which provides for standards of conduct for state legislators and employees, was drafted in the House Judiciary Committee under the chairmanship of Rep. Hiroshi Kato and the sub-chairmanship for ethics of Rep. Francis A. Wong. This bill has been forwarded to the Senate, to be considered along with other ethics bills -- notably those of Senator Duke Kawasaki and Senator Eureka Forbes. Cross your fingers!
And did you notice that on April 5 Hawaii County passed their strong and meaningful Code of Ethics? Chalk up another contribution of the Honolulu League; we can be proud of giving research assistance to County Chairman Shunichi Kimura at the time the Code was being drafted,
This will be the last Aloha Voter put out under the competent editorship of Lynne Story. She's kept us not only informed but interested -- give her your thanks for two hardworking years when you see her.
Just four more discussion units in this League year; Second Round on Red China this month. Two units in May -- the first divided between Initiative and Referendum and Water Resources, and the second on State Ethics. Then the last, in June, on Development of Human Resources. But we don't go into hibernation for the summer -far from it. Your Board of Directors will meet each month; program study and service committees will continue to function. The Voter will come your way each month to keep you posted - and prepared for full-scale resumption of activities in September.
The Annual Meeting is a sort of every-member obligation, as well as an opportunity to contribute to charting the Honolulu League's course for the next year. We have officers to elect and a budget to adopt; we must choose our local program topics and decide on some changes in our by-laws. League leaders sent you last month all the material you need to make these decisions. Please come and cast your vote.
And the League needs your thoughtful ideas on the workshop topic that will occupy us for the major part of the morning meeting. Do you think we ought to consider a new structure - decentralization - of the Honolulu League? It's a provocative subject, and we need everybody's ideas.
YOU DON'T NEED A RESERVATION FOR THE MEETING -- JUST COME, YOU'RE EXPECTED! ALA MOANA LIBERTY HOUSE, SPECIAL EVENTS ROOM, 3RD FLOOR, 9 A.M. FRIDAY APRIL 14 PARK ON THE TOP DECK JUST OUTSIDE.
Initiative and Referendum material will be mailed with the next Voter - meanwhile watch the papers and clip. Do Honolulu voters NEED avenues other than the ones they already have through their elected representatives? Should legislation be directly referred to, or initiated by, the voters?
Barbara Furniss announces that her committee's State Ethics Study Folder will be finished in time to go on sale at the Annual Meeting. It's a fine comprehensive package, and a valuable tool for every member who will be participating in our effort to reach member consensus on state ethics.
"It Was a Very Good Year --"
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