League in Action
League Testifies at Legislative Hearings
Action Chair, Marion Saunders, and Marian Wilkins have been busy testifying at hearings scheduled by House and Senate Committees. They have been speaking in support of League positions on the various subjects under review.
The following are some of the testimonies they have given.
HB 275 would replace our elected School Board with an appointed Board. League feels that the people have expressed their preference for an appointed Board, and that the Legislature should keep faith with the people. Also, an elected Board keeps education from becoming politicized. Oppose. (Saunders)
HB 25 would provide for an educational coordinator position within DSSH. League suggested that it be defined as a planner rather than a-coordinator. Support. (Saunders)
SOC 888 League spoke for the need of a revitalized Commission on Status of Women. (Saunders)
SB 248 & 341 would allow for Initiative. League cited the adoption of initiative by all the counties as an indication of widespread public support. Support. (Wilkins)
SB 231 would eliminate Legislative Recess. League asked that it be given more time and attention to succeed before striking it from the books. Oppose. (Wilkins)
SB 207 would give family court jurisdiction over children who are in risk of being abused. Support. (Saunders)
SB 319 would repeal the Campaign Spending Law. Oppose. (Wilkins)
SB 313 would reestablish mandatory spending limits. State Constitution requires this. Support. (Wilkins)
SB 1149 would make it difficult for candidates not to abide by voluntary limits. Support in part. (Wilkins)
SB 315 would raise contribution limits from $2,000 to $8,000 in each election. Oppose (Wilkins)
SB 554 would prohibit persons having contracts with State in excess of $8,000 from giving campaign contributions. Support. (Wilkins)
SB 779 would raise contribution limit from $2,000 to $5,000. Would allow tax deductions of donations to all candidates rather than just the donations to those candidates who abide by spending limits. Continued on pg. 4
SB 779 would raise contribution limit from $2,000 to $5,000. Would allow tax deductions of donations to all candidates rather than just the donations to those candidates who abide by spending limits. Oppose. (Wilkins)
SB 896 would set a limit of 35% on the amount of fundraising expenditures that can be exempted from spending limits. Support. (Wilkins)
SB 835 & 75 would provide for Voters Information Pamphlet. Support. (Wilkins) PENDING
League will be testifying in support of:
HB 1326 which would make an appropriation for Continuing Education for Women at the University of Hawaii.
HB 7 which provides for an information brochure on the Art of Affecting Legislation in Hawaii, and for the updating of the booklet on government in Hawaii.
League will be testifying against many bills in the hopper that would amend the statutes to allow Family Court to waiver their jurisdiction over a minor who has reached age 14. SB 45 so proposes. SB 86 reduces the age to 12! The League opposes all such bills and believes the present statute which allows the Family Court judge discretion in their jurisdiction over those aged 16 and 17 should remain in effect. Cathy Filson has testimony ready for when these bills come up for hearings.
All the bills are in now, and only resolutions will be coming in from now on. Resolutions can be important!