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Legislators stop initiative legislation in Hawaii

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July 21, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

HONOLULU, Hawaii: Hawaiian lawmakers ended their legislative session on April 29, 2010, without passing any initiative legislation[1][2].

During the session, a total of six bills were considered by state legislators[2]. Members of the Senate considered three separate bills to implement the initiative process[2]. The separate bills were designed to allow Hawaiians to initiate state statutes, propose amendments to the state's constitution, and recall elected officials. All three of the bills died in committee without seeing a floor vote in the Legislature[3][4][5].

Lawmakers also considered three bills aimed at changing technical requirements towards referendums in Hawaii. Senate Bill 497 would have disallowed elections authorities from counting ballots with blank or under votes for referendums involving constitutional amendments. The other two bills that were considered are House Bill 838 which would re-affirm the current law requiring ballot questions to end in yes or no and Senate Bill 1019 which a similar version to House Bill 838. All three of the bills died in committee[6][7][8].

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