Hawaii 2008 ballot news archive

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Judge orders Stop Rail Now petitions accepted

Circuit Court Judge Karl Sakamoto ordered the Honolulu City clerk on Aug. 14, 2008, to accept the Stop Rail Now petitions to put the anti-rail ordinance before Honolulu voters in November.[1]

Stop Rail Now claims it has collected 49,041 signatures. The group sued the city after Honolulu City Clerk Denise De Costa refused to accept the petition, claiming it was delivered too late to make the November election.[1]

Under Judge Sakamoto's decision, the clerk has 20 business days to verify whether the group gathered enough valid signatures to place the issue before voters.[1]

Initiative to make marijuana a lower law enforcement priority

June 25, 2008. A Big Island group wants to add an initiative to the November ballot making marijuana busts the lowest priority for county police. Project Peaceful Sky organizers have collected more than 5,000 signatures in support of their ballot initiative. But they'll need to get 4,800 more in the next several weeks to have voters consider their proposal on Nov. 4. If approved, the new law would leave enforcing laws against marijuana to each police officer's personal discretion......more

Hawaiian voters to consider a ConCon

On the November 2008 ballot, Hawaiian voters will decide whether it is time for the state to hold a constitutional convention to consider revisions and amendments to its constitution. The last time the state held a constitutional convention was 1978.[2]