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LWVHI Program, 1993-1995

The League of Women Voters of the United States was formed in 1920 on the heels of the suffragette movement, the founders wanting the newly won vote to be an intelligent one. They formed the league with the concept that the organization would be structured as our government is: on local, state, and federal levels. Thus leagues study, reach consensus, and act on issues at the level of government where the issues are politically decided. The LWV of Honolulu was formed in 1948 and the state league was established in 1965 following the formation of leagues on Kaua'i and Hawai'i.

League of Women Voters of Hawaii programs cover those issues which are addressed by our state legislature and administered by the governor and appropriate departments and agencies.

Note that members are urged to consider each of the positions currently held and view them' against, the two basic criteria for choosing (or retaining) program at all levels of league: The issue must be one on which governmental action is needed, and the issue must fall within the principles of the League of Women Voters.

An additional criterion for choosing state program is: The issue must be one which state government can resolve.

Further, is the issue of interest to members? Will it attract new members? If the item was studied some years ago, is the position still valid? Does it reflect current realities and have members support and understanding?

And, is the issue timely and of importance to the community? Will it increase league visibility and support in the community? Will-the issue lead to tangible accomplishments-legislative action and/or community awareness? Also, is the issue manageable in terms of League resources-time, leadership, member effort, and money?

It is important to note that program items are interrelated at all program levels. Where one begins, another overlaps or ends.

Following are the statements in brief of positions adopted by LWVHI through the years and which are ready for implementation. The full text including the complete position statement and history of the item can be found in Program and Action, 1993-1995, available through the office for $2.50.

GOVERNMENT

Campaign Finance: Action to support effective campaign spending controls, limitations on contributions and expenditures, and indirect public financing of campaigns.

Initiative and Referendum: Action to support direct initiative for statute law, and petition referendum to give citizens the right to affirm or overturn laws passed by the legislature.

Legislative Reform: Action to support a part-time citizen legislature whose structure and procedures will insure responsiveness, openness, and efficiency in government. Support a split session, procedures to eliminate duplication of bills, and to limit the number of bills introduced.

State Constitution: Action to support a constitution which sets forth the basic law; provides the framework of government; is of a lasting nature, yet flexible; and is clearly written and understandable.

Election Laws and Procedures: Action to insure that government at all levels pays for special elections: private funds should not be solicited or accepted. Action to support adequate safeguards to preserve the integrity of the ballot used in absentee voting and elections by mail; to insure fairness to all voters, and to minimize the opportunity for fraud. Action to support voter registration by mail, utilizing proper safeguards.

School Board Primary Election: Action to support a nonpartisan primary election for the board of education.

Midterm Legislative Vacancies: Action to support filling midterm legislative vacancies by appointment, with an individual of the same political party as the person vacating, within a specified and reasonable time period.

YOUTH AND EDUCATION

Juvenile Justice: Action to support a juvenile justice system which provides for the protection of society along with the rehabilitation of juvenile law violators. Action to encourage a greater acceptance by the schools of responsibility in the area of crime prevention. Action to support the concept of the family court as the proper place to deal with troubled youth.

Action to assure consistency in the juvenile justice system, while retaining the ability of the family court to take into consideration the age, level of maturity, and needs of each child before the court. Action to support a waiver to adult court in certain circumstances. Waiver procedures should be based on written guidelines and be applicable only to sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds. Action to assure that the community provides an adequate variety and number of services for children needing such services, and that a secure youth facility meets at least minimum standards for such facilities.

Hawai'i Schools: Action to support the public's rights and interest concerning the administration, policy setting, and budget making for the statewide K-12 school system. Action to support the goal of equal educational opportunities for each child, and financing procedures to reach this goal.

Choice in Public Education: Action to support the "principle of choice" for students, teachers, parents, and staff as appropriate and essential for improving performance and participation in secondary school functioning and program.

NATURAL RESOURCES

Land Use: Action to support comprehensive planning as the basis for land use decisions, public input into the planning process; a device to insure coordination and cooperation between state and county planning; and strict controls on the use of conservation land.

Solid Waste: Action to support recycling and resource recovery by private industry, with cooperation and support from government. Action to support requiring a deposit on beer and soft drink containers.

Energy: Action to promote energy conservation and research into alternate energy resources available in Hawai'i, taking into consideration environmental effects, economic feasibility, and differing conditions on each island.

LEASEHOLD

Multifamily Residential Leasehold in Hawai'i: Action to support mandatory lease-to-fee conversions; support of caps on lease rent at time of lease renewal or renegotiation; support of the abolition or modification of the surrender or reversionary clauses in future leases for multifamily residential leasehold units; and support for the prohibition of future multifamily residential leasehold.


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