Quarterly Membership Meeting - January 23, 2010
Hookano to Explain Charter Review
Hawaii County LWV will learn more about the Charter Commission and its work when Levi Hookano, the commission's assigned attorney, presents an overview of proposed Charter amendments. Mr. Hookano will speak at League's quarterly meeting on January 23rd, 10:30 a.m., at Tex Drive-in, Honoka'a.
A commission, appointed by the mayor, meets every ten years to study and review the charter. The commission consists of eleven members, one each from Puna, Kau, Kona, Kohala, , Hamakua and Hilo plus five at-large.
At this time, thirty-five proposed amendments are being considered. While the deadline for public input has passed, Chair Edmund Haitsuka has recommended further public hearings. In any case, the Commission must be ready to submit their report to the Council by March 13th. After the Council creates possible alternate amendments, the Commission has until May 22nd to submit their final package to the County Clerk. He will send Charter Amendment Questions to the State Office of Elections by September 3rd.
LWVHC has a role to play in educating voters before they vote on proposed charter amendments. Karen Eoff, secretary for the Commission, points out that one of its tasks is educational outreach. The Commission will strive to create objective, clear, concise language for each amendment. This will provide a starting point for league efforts.
The Commission's next meeting is December 18th in Hilo, with video hookup available in Kona and Waimea. All first-reading items that have not been reconsidered (CA-19 - CA35) will be considered at that time. Public testimony on those items can be given in writing (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in person. Complete information about the Commission is available at the following website address: co.hawaii.hi.us/council/2010_charter_commission/meetings.htm.