Dissatisfaction... well, it's getting to look more like outrage... is driving citizens and advocacy groups to mount a new campaign against toxic practices in the Hawaii State Legislature. Yup, reform is in the air in Hawaii—citizen driven reform.
Individuals and organizations are moving to bring about change and better democracy—led by Common Cause Hawaii, the League of Women Voters, and others.
A petition was filed yesterday under House and Senate rules (see below the break and Petition challenges rampant use of undemocratic procedures in the Hawaii state legislature). The petition specifically takes aim at procedures both houses have employed to bypass public hearings and sneak language into bills without public attention.
That petition has a sister petition that anyone can sign: Ban Gut and Replace and Frankenstein Practices. This was posted Friday 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.
Another hot petiton 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.
For those interested in the process, Senate and House rules are given below the break.
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.
Hawaii Legislative rules regarding petitions
Interestingly, the Capitol website prohibits Google from searching, so that the Legislature’s rules cannot be discovered by a search.