Discussion Questions for Consensus Meeting
- ELECTORAL SYSTEM
- Should Honolulu continue electing council members from single member districts only? If so, should we:
- Retain our present 9-districts?
- Increase the number of districts to reflect the increase in population and expanding residential areas?
- Should we retain our present position which favors a mixed district and at-large electoral system? If so, should we:
- Continue a 9-member council with larger district to allow for the at-large council members?
- Add new positions to be filled by the at-large council members?
- Should we adopt the following broad position?
"The electoral system adopted should ensure fair and equal representation for all citizens and provide for the divergent needs and interests of the various groups within the county. The size of the council should accommodate the objectives of an effective electoral system."
- LIMITING CONSECUTIVE TERMS FOR COUNCIL MEMBERS AND THE MAYOR
- Should there be a limit on consecutive terms for council members?
- If so, how many consecutive terms should each council member be allowed to serve?
- Should there be a limit on consecutive terms for the mayor?
- If so, how many consecutive terms should the mayor be allowed to serve?
- ABSTENTION FROM VOTING WHEN CONFLICT OF INTEREST EXISTS
If a member faces a substantial conflict of interest in a matter before the council,
- Should he/she be allowed to vote on the matter after a disclosure of that conflict is submitted in writing to the council?
- Should he/she also be required to make an oral disclosure prior to voting?
- Who should make the determination on the severity of the conflict and whether said council member should or should not be allowed to vote?
- COUNCIL APPROVAL OF MAYORAL APPOINTMENT OF DEPARTMENT HEADS
(In the 1990 election, voters approved to amend the charter which requires council approval of department heads appointed by the mayor.)
- Should we retain our position which reads, "The Mayor shall appoint all department heads and retain ultimate responsibility for actions taken by any member of the administration."
- Should we change our position to reflect this charter amendment?
- VOTING REQUIREMENT FOR AMENDING THE CHARTER
- Should the voting requirement for amending of the charter be changed?
(To amend the charter at present, a majority of the voters who actually cast a vote on the amendment must vote in the affirmative. Efforts are being made to change this requirement to a majority of ballots taken whether votes are cast or not. All blank and void ballots, in effect, would be counted as negative votes.)
- AMENDING THE CHARTER
- Should proposals for charter amendments be allowed on the ballot in the election preceding the convening of the Charter Commission or Should these proposals be directed to the Charter Commission for consideration?
- PUBLIC EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY ON PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENTS
- Should the city be required to provide more publicity and public information for proposed charter amendments such as sending a notice of the proposals with the pros and cons listed to all households 45 days before the election?