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Con Con Consideration Capsule
Some of our voters may never have read our State Constitution (or our County Charter). Those who have access to the intemet may find the document: http:llhawaii.govilrbiconi It is Artde kill that actually defines the process of bringing the question of the Constitutional Convention forward, which states:
This question will be on the fall 2008 General Election ballot. Hawaii is one of 14 states that periodically asks voters whether they want a constitutional convention, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The next section in Article XVII states that the legislature will decide how delegates are chosen. A likely way to select delegates is to allow one or two from each State House district.
-1998 Hawaii LWV Position:
The members of the League of Women Voters of Hawaii, after careful study and evaluation of information, have reached consensus that a state constitutional convention in 1998 is neither necessary nor desirable. Along with many members of the public, League members see many issues that might be addressed by a convention. However, our consensus is the arguments for holding one at this time are outweighed by the reasons for not having one.
-Excerpt from Mark Niesse, Associated Press article 1/26108:
Many are still concerned that civil liberties and native Hawaiian issues will be impacted. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs was created at the 1978 convention.
Much as been written about the 1978 convention, and one of the best things that can be said is that leadership sprung forth from the event. Should a con-con be passed by Hawaii voters in 2008, the State Legislature will immediately begin to discuss how delegates will be chosen,
IDEA: To encourage new leadership, one idea is to have a "youth ticket" so one delegate chosen will be, perhaps, 35 years or younger, and another "experienced ticket" may be over that age
In 2008, interested groups are beginning to again meet and discuss the possibilities. Many think the time now has come for a major revision of our State Constitution. Besides the positive aspect of encouraging new leadership, here is an incomplete bullet list of Pros"
Incomplete list of Cons:
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