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Legislative Log: Schools, Ethics
ACTION ISSUE January 1972
SCHOOLS . . . FAR-REACHING CONSENSUS
The Hawaii State League of Women Voters believes that education is a unique function of state government and therefore:
SCHOOLS ... Coming up in 1972 Legislature
Most advanced through the legislative process is a "package" of bills passed by the House and now in the Senate. These are designed to put the proposal for appointing the Board of Education before the voters again this November. They also provide a means for apportionment if the voters should again decline to have the Board appointed. We are advised that State Senators, who do not have to stand for re-election this time, intend to spend a lot of campaign time pushing for the appointed Board proposal.
H.B. #1411 Provides for 11-member Board APPOINTED by Governor and for District school advisory councils to be elected from school districts which will coincide with senatorial districts. Provides for vote on constitutional change Nov. 1972.
H.B. #1446 If voters do not approve Constitutional proposal in H.B. 1411 above to change to APPOINTED Board, then H.B. #I446 will go into effect. It provides:
Apportionment of elected Board to total 25 members elected in districts whose boundaries are the same as Senatorial. Number of Board members will equal number of State Senators. Provides for appointed School Advisory Councils..
SCHOOLS . . League Action Plan
Speak to funding proposals that fall within the scope of our consensus.
Speak to measures that provide local public input. e.g. representative, reapportioned State School Board or elected local boards or public meetings
Attempt to have a bill introduced that contains LWV-supported provisions.
Seek support for LWV proposals from PTA's and Advisory Councils.
Probably sill have to oppose a ballot issue in Nov. 1972 based on the "package" described on page 1 of this Log.
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ETHICS . . MYSTICAL ETHICAL MYTH
Support of a State code of ethics administered by a board of ethics, covering all elected and appointed state officials, consisting of broad principles designed to protect and inform the public and the public servant and to provide fair and equal treatment to all.
(Consensus reached 1966)
ETHICS . . . Coming up in 1972 session
The current ethics law covers all state employees. It also covers legislators. except in two significant areas: 1) conflict of interest and 2) dealing with state agencies. So League action in recent years has focused on making those two clauses applicable to legislators.
The League supports pending H.B. 54, which broadens the scope of the Ethics Bill. It is the Governor's Bill and was passed unanimously by the House in 1971.
Now, in 1972. we face a possible crisis: Some legislators and Governor Burns
support measures to remove the legislators from all State Ethics Commission jurisdiction.
ETHICS . . League Action Plan
A. Fight the surprise move to remove the legislators from all State Ethics Commission jurisdiction.
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