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Hawaii Salary Commission Act, Amendment 2 (2006)

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Hawaii Amendment 2, also known as the Salary Commission Act, was on the November 7, 2006 election ballot in Hawaii as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1]

The proposal amended the Hawaii Constitution to set up a salary commission that reviews and recommends salaries for:

The salaries of the Hawaii Superintendent of Education and the president of the University of Hawaii do not fall under the amendment.

Election Results

Hawaii Amendment 2
Approveda Yes 184,101 52.8%

Text of measure

Hawaii Constitution
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Ballot question

The question on the ballot was:

"Shall the Constitution be amended to provide for a salary commission to review and recommend salaries for justices, judges, state legislators, the governor, the lieutenant governor, the administrative director of the State, state department heads or executive officers of the executive departments, and the deputies or assistants to department heads of the executive departments, excluding the superintendent of education and the president of the University of Hawaii?"

Official description

Description of Proposed Amendments

The proposed constitutional amendments would consolidate the present work of three separate salary commissions: the judicial salary commission, the commission on legislative salary, and the executive salary commission. Instead, a single salary commission would be established, as provided by law, to review and recommend salaries for judges, legislators, state officers, and high ranking state officials. By the fortieth day of the regular 2007 legislative session, and every six years thereafter, the commission would submit its recommendations to the Legislature and then dissolve. Recommendations would become effective as provided in the recommendations unless the Legislature disapproves the entire recommendation as a whole by adopting a concurrent resolution prior to adjournment of the legislative session. Changes in salaries would not apply to the Legislature to which the recommendations were submitted. Once effective, the salaries could not be decreased during a term of office, unless by general law applying to all salaried officers of the State. The salaries of the Superintendent of Education and the President of the University of Hawaii would remain unaffected by the amendment.

Under the proposed constitutional amendment, the provisions for the new single salary commission would be generally similar to those of the existing three separate salary commissions.

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