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Hawaii Board of Regents Candidates Act, Amendment 1 (2006)

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

The proposal requires the Governor of Hawaii to select candidates for the University of Hawaii's board of regents "from a pool of qualified candidates screened and proposed by a candidate advisory council."

Election results

Hawaii Amendment 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 195,909 56.2%
No152,63543.8%

Text of measure

Hawaii Constitution
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Preamble
Articles
IIIIIIIVVVIVIIVIIIIXXXIXIIXIIIXIVXVXVIXVIIXVIII

Ballot question

The question on the ballot was:

"Shall the governor be required to select board of regents candidates from a pool of qualified candidates screened and proposed by a candidate advisory council for the board of regents of the University of Hawaii as provided by law?"

Official description

Description of Proposed Amendment

The proposed constitutional amendment would change the selection process of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii. The Board of Regents is the governing board of the University of Hawaii system, which includes the respective University of Hawaii campuses (Manoa, Hilo, and West Oahu) as well as all of the community colleges. The Board of Regents has the power, as provided by law, to formulate policy and to exercise control over the University of Hawaii system through its executive officer, the president of the University, who is appointed by the Board of Regents. The Board of Regents also has exclusive jurisdiction over the internal structure, management, and operation of the University of Hawaii system.

The proposed constitutional amendment would modify this selection process by requiring the Governor to nominate and appoint members from a pool of qualified candidates who have been screened and proposed by a Candidate Advisory Council for the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, as provided by law.

The proposed amendment will not modify existing appointment and advice and consent provisions, requiring appointment by the Governor with the advice and consent of the State Senate. Additionally, the proposed amendment will not affect the terms of the existing members of the Board of Regents. The proposed constitutional amendment specifically indicates the Legislature's intent that the existing members of the Board of Regents be allowed to serve their full terms of office and be replaced only as each of their terms expires.

Currently, members of the Board of Regents are nominated and, by and with the advice and consent of the Hawaii State Senate, appointed by the Governor. The Governor has broad discretion to determine whom to appoint. The State Senate may refuse to confirm the appointment if it disapproves of the Governor's nominee.

The composition, qualifications, and specific duties of members of the Candidate Advisory Council for the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii would be determined by the Legislature by means of the legislative process when and if this constitutional amendment is adopted.

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