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Home Rule Study Moves Ahead
Home rule is an increasingly popular and provocative issue that touches all levels of government service. What does "home rule really mean? Historically, how has home rule developed in Hawaii? What is the relationship between the our state and city/county governments? Does this relationship facilitate or stifle the government's ability to effectively provide services to the public? These are some of the questions being explored by the League's Home Rule Study.
In his recently published book The City and County of Honolulu A Government Chronicle, author Donald D. Johnson writes:
Proponents of "true" home rule argue that it will allow for variation between local units, encourage citizen initiative and facilitate government responsiveness because government is most efficient when decisions are made at the' level closest to the people. To be honest, proponents of statewide centralization have been hard to find.
The state committee is continuing its research on the home rule issue and has distributed a collection of articles to local leagues to assist with their studies. Later this month, the state committee will meet with Arnold Morgado, Chair of the Honolulu City Council, to discuss his perspective on home rule. The committee is also recruiting a lively group of speakers who will face off on the hone rule issue at League Council, scheduled for May 16.
The success of the study depends on you! Here's what you can do to help:
For information, call the League office at 5317448 or Jana Chang at 732-8692.
State Committee: Jean Aoki, Evelyn Bender, Jana Chang (Chair), Jim Koshi, George Ono
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