Saturday, April 20, 2013
Two petitions you can sign to help reform Hawaii government
by Larry Geller
Reform is in the air in Hawaii—citizen driven reform. Individuals and organizations are moving to bring about change and better democracy—and to stamp out objectionable practices in our state legislature.
The petition I wrote about yesterday--Petition challenges rampant use of undemocratic procedures in the Hawaii state legislature (4/19/2013) has a sister petition that everyone can sign: Ban Gut and Replace and Frankenstein Practices. This was posted last night without fanfare, and has already gathered a number of signatures.
The public condemns tactics and strongly oppose these misleading practices which keep the public in the dark. I join my fellow citizens and ask the Senate and the House for two things:
1) DO NOT pass the gut-and-replace bills and Frankenstein bills generated in the 2013 legislative session, due to the way the bills have moved forward.
2) BAN the “gut-and-replace” and “Frankenstein” practices from occurring again in the future.
The second is the Hawaii Public Officers, Recall Initiative, which is nearing its goal of 500 signatures. Check it out and add your name to this growing movement.
Citizens have no means to remove a public officer by way of recall, impeachment or initiative process except the office of the Governor, Lt. Governor or their appointees. The Hawaii State Constitution should be amended to allow for such recall of any public officers. HB 187 introduced in 2011 died in committee. It should be reintroduced and openly debated.
Sorry.....while I agree the message, I cannot agree the messenger:
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I didn't like that either. I did sign the petition, and then unsubscribed from the signon.org email.