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President's Message for Spring
Come to the Biennial Convention May 30!
Public Funding of Election Campaigns (Kory Payne)
Bills Relating to Health Care (Joy Marshall & Suzanne Meisenzahl)
Election Day Registration (Jean Aoki)
Housing (Jackie Parnell)
Major Challenges for 2010 Elections (Jean Aoki)
Civil Unions (Jean Aoki)
My Favorite Testimony
Proposed Budget June 1, 2009 - May 31, 2010 (Susan Miller)
Voting Rights, Incarcerated Persons (Jean Aoki)
Withrdawals and Nominations (Jean Aoki)
Corporate Donations (Jean Aoki)
Mahalo to All the Contributors to Our Big Non-Event!
Campaign to Stop Legalized Gambling Successful (Grace Furukawa & Pearl Johnson)
Local Legue Reports - Honolulu (Piilani Kaopuiki)
Local League Reports - Hawaii (Leilani Bronson-Crelly & Susan Dursin)
Local League Reports - Kauai

Public Funding of Election Campaigns

After 10 years of work by advocates last year Hawaii became the 9th state to pass a full public funding option. Act 244 provides for a pilot program to give candidates for the Hawaii County Council the option of qualifying for public funding for campaigns in 2010, 2012, and 2014.

Unfortunately, last Friday, the House Judiciary Committee passed HB 345 which would delay implementation of Act 244 until 2014.

Clean Elections is the Reform that Makes Every Reform Possible. The corrosive effects of money on politics reach every issue. Nationally and in Hawaii we've seen what happens when banks determine SEC regulations, developers determine planning and zoning laws, auto companies determine transportation policies, or drug companies influence health care programs. Money influences laws that affect the way we live; it also creates a politics that prioritizes short term profits over long term sustainability of the environment and economy.

Action Needed! Please call or e-mail your legislators to protect Act 244.

Kory Payne
Executive Director of Voter Owned Hawaii (VOH)

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